Frieda R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1581) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Brenda Stiefel
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
- Interview Date
- May 22, 1990.
- 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.
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.