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Rena R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-521) interviewed by Sue Danford

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-521

Videotape testimony of Rena R., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1917. She recounts her family's affluence and orthodoxy; her mother's death; her father's remarriage; marriage in 1936; her daughter's birth in 1937; anti-Jewish boycotts; one sister's emigration to Palestine; vacationing in Zakopane in summer 1939; German invasion; returning to Kraków; moving to a village; her sister and mother-in-law joining her; a policeman warning them of a deportation; hiding in a barn for three weeks; walking to the Kraków ghetto; hiding her daughter with her maid; slave labor in a uniform factory; deportation to Płaszów in March 1943; her husband's visits; public hangings; hospitalization; transfer with her sister to Auschwitz in 1944; liquidation of the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); transfer two months later to Lichtwerden; slave labor in a textile factory; starvation; liberation by Soviet troops in May 1945; walking to Kraków; learning her husband, daughter, siblings and father had been killed; marriage in 1946; her son's birth; emigration to Sweden, Montréal, then the United States; and her second husband's suicide. She discusses dehumanization in the camps; recurring nightmares, and not sharing her story with her children.

Author/Creator
R., Rena, 1917-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1985
Interview Date
January 14, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rena R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-521). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4293928
Record last modified: 2016-03-28 11:13:00
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