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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.

S., Rita, 1929-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
June 27, 1990.
Berlin (Germany)
Marseille (France)
Buenos Aires (Argentina)
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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