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Rita S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1550) interviewed by Rayzl Kalifowicz-Waletsky and Lucia Rudenberg

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1550

Videotape testimony of Rita S., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1929, the youngest of four children. She recounts the flags changing in 1933; her father's strong German patriotism; her older sister's emigration to Palestine that year; a close extended family; attending a Jewish school; being beaten on the street by Hitler Youth; her oldest brother's emigration to Buenos Aires in 1935; her father and brother hiding when Polish Jews were rounded up for deportation; a warning from non-Jewish neighbors prior to Kristallnacht; another neighbor saving their store from vandalism; deciding to leave (her brother had sent papers for them from Buenos Aires); departing via Marseille in December 1938; economic difficulties since they were forced to leave all their assets behind; helping her parents in their candy store; her mother's death in 1947; and her father's in 1952. Ms. S. discusses Jewish society in Buenos Aires and her emigration to the United States after thirty years in Argentina. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
S., Rita, 1929-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
June 27, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rita S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1550). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4295414
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:40:00
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