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Sophia R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1578) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1578

Videotape testimony of Sophia R., who was born in Lʹviv, Ukraine in 1941. She recounts her father's incarceration in Janowska; her mother obtaining false papers from non-Jewish friends; living as non-Jews in Zimna Voda; her father's escape and her mother hiding him in their attic without her knowledge; his emergence and being told not to reveal his presence; her sister's birth; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to L'viv; his sister's death from whooping cough at about a year old; living in Paris for five years; learning she was Jewish; emigration to the United States; and surprise at meeting nice Jewish people. Ms. R. discusses her mother's reluctance to discuss their experiences; living with denial and secrets; beginning to come to terms with her experiences after her father published a book and her marriage to a loving man; the birth of her daughter and anxiety when she was thirteen months old, the age when her sister died; recurring nightmares; the pleasure her daughter brought her father and brings to her; and discussing her experiences with her daughter. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
R., Sophia, 1941-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
May 20, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sophia R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1578). 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/4295687
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:40:00
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