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Rosalyn R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1042) interviewed by Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1042

Videotape testimony of Rosalyn R., who was born in Tarńow, Poland in 1932. She recalls starting school; German invasion; she and her older brother being tutored; her mother's United States citizenship (she was born there); her mother's refusal to leave her children when she could have gone; anti-Jewish restrictions, including wearing the star; non-Jewish friends hiding her father and brother; hiding with relatives during round-ups; ghettoization; learning that U.S. citizens and their families would be exchanged for German prisoners; surrendering for exchange; transfer to Montelupich prison; separation from her father and brother; assistance from non-Jewish prisoners; rejoining her father and brother for train transfer to Bergen-Belsen in September 1943; liberation from the train near Magdeburg by United States troops; traveling to Belgium; incarceration as Germans; an UNRRA representative confirming her mother's citizenship; and their emigration to the United States. Ms. R. notes her lost childhood and discomfort sharing her story, even with her children.

R., Rosalyn, 1932-
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
April 23, 1987.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rosalyn R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1042). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.