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Frieda R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1581) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Brenda Stiefel,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1581

Videotape testimony of Frieda R., who was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1921, the youngest of four sisters. She recalls participation in Maccabi; working in her father's business; German invasion in May 1940; fleeing with her sister and her children to Brussels; fleeing with her parents and fiancé to France; being sent to a village near Toulouse; her fiancé working in Lyon; marriage; visiting her nephew in Dourgne; her oldest sister and family emigrating to Cuba; her parents' deportation (she never saw them again); obtaining false papers in 1943; her son's birth; a non-Jewish woman helping them escape to Switzerland; living in a refugee camp, then in Lausanne; returning to Brussels in March 1945 with assistance from the Red Cross; learning her parents had perished in Auschwitz; and emigration to the United States in 1952 to join her sister. Mrs. R. notes they survived due to luck and, to a lesser extent, to resourcefulness, and how very fortunate they were. She shows photographs and documents.

R., Frieda, 1921-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
May 22, 1990.
Antwerp (Belgium)
Lyon (France)
Dourgne (France)
Brussels (Belgium)
Lausanne (Switzerland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Frieda R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1581). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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