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Barbara R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-590) interviewed by Marilyn W. Silin and Elizabeth Jacob

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-590

Videotape testimony of Barbara R., who was born in Warsaw, Poland. She recalls five older brothers; marriage in 1939; three brothers fleeing to the Soviet Union; ghettoization in 1940; building bunkers in 1943 in which to hide; her brother's son being taken in a round-up; her husband smuggling weapons for the uprising, but not participating; deportation with her family to Majdanek; public hanging of a woman who tried to escape; their transfer to Radom; slave labor in a printing plant; transfer a year later to Auschwitz; separation from her family; a death march and train transport to Ravensbrück, then Malchow; slave labor in a munitions factory; sharing occasional extra food; taking care of those who were ill; liberation by the Red Cross in April 1945; transport to Sweden; breaking down when she learned her husband had not survived; contacting cousins in the United States; emigration to join them in 1950; marriage; and raising her present husband's daughters. Ms. R. notes that none of her family survived, and the kindness of the Swedes. She discusses her desire to survive in the camps in order to see her family.

Author/Creator
R., Barbara.
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1984
Interview Date
November 11, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. with VHS time coding.
Cite As
Barbara R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-590). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.