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Rosalie S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-737) interviewed by James W. Pennebaker and Bobbie Berger,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-737

Videotape testimony of Rosalie S., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1922, the oldest of three children. Ms. S. recounts her family's orthodoxy; German invasion; her father fleeing east (he did not return); briefly moving to a nearby town; ghettoization in Kraków; deportation of her family (she never saw them again); marriage; daily forced labor; hiding her grandmother (she was discovered and deported); frequent murders of Jews; her husband's transfer to Płaszów; her deportation to Skarżysko-Kamienna; slave labor in a munitions factory; public hanging of a friend who had helped her; a brutal beating; praying to be shot; helping a woman give birth (they disposed of the baby in the latrine); transfer to Częstochowa; helping a friend avoid selection; liberation by Soviet troops; hospitalization; returning to Kraków; her husband's return six months later; living in a displaced persons camp in Austria; assistance from UNRRA; her son's birth; emigration to the United States in 1949; and the births of two more children. Ms. S. discusses nightmares and being overprotective of her children due to her experiences; wanting to forget much of what happened to her; attending a survivor gathering with her daughter; and an emotional trip to Kraków with her husband and sons.

S., Rosalie, 1922-
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1985
Interview Date
November 9, 1985.
Kraków (Poland)
4 copies: 3/4 in. submaster; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rosalie S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-737). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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