Rosalie S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-737) interviewed by James W. Pennebaker and Bobbie Berger
- Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1985
- Interview Date
- November 9, 1985.
- 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.
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.