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Rose K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-841) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-841

Videotape testimony of Rose K., who was born in Beuthen, Germany (Bytom, Poland) in 1921, the youngest of eight children. She recalls living in Będzin; her father's death; her mother's death six years later; placement in an orphanage; living with her sister; German invasion; anti-Jewish regulations; pretending to be a non-Jew to buy food; ghettoization; hiding with her sister, sister-in-law, and niece during a round-up; betrayal by their Polish landlord; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her family (she relives her sister's death to this day); slave labor digging trenches; a friend obtaining a privileged position for them in the shoe repair shop; Mala Zimetbaum's escape and capture; a death march and train transport to Ravensbrück, then Neustadt; smuggling food from her kitchen job to her friends; liberation by Soviet troops; learning a brother had survived; reunion with him in Feldafing displaced persons camp; marriage to her brother's friend; their emigration to the United States in 1949; assistance from HIAS; divorcing her husband because he could not have children; her second marriage; and the birth of her children.

Author/Creator
K., Rose, 1921-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
February 12, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rose K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-841). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.