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Irene R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1585) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin and Rayzl Kalifowicz-Waletsky,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1585

Videotape testimony of Irene R., who was born in Vynohradiv, Ukraine in 1922 to a Hasidic family of twelve children. She recalls visits to grandparents in rural areas; one brother's emigration to the United States; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish regulations resulting in their impoverishment; German invasion; ghettoization; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from the males, her mother, younger siblings, and relatives; remaining with two sisters, an aunt, and cousins; her sister giving birth to a son (he was taken away by the Jewish midwife); assisting and assistance from her relatives; becoming numb; transfer to Zittau; slave labor in a factory; liberation by Soviet troops; wanting to kill Germans, especially children, for what had happened to Jewish children; traveling to Budapest, then Satu Mare; reunion with two brothers; living in Backnang displaced persons camp and others; assistance from UNRRA; emigration with one sister and two brothers to the United States in 1946; assistance from HIAS; meeting her brother, aunts, and uncles (other siblings went to Israel); marriage; and her children's births. Ms. R. discusses incidents in camps and many relatives who were killed. She shows photographs and documents.

R., Irene, 1922-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
August 15 and October 17, 1990.
Vynohradiv (Ukraine)
Budapest (Hungary)
Satu Mare (Romania : Județ)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Irene R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1585).Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.