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Dasha R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1586) interviewed by Dvora Mann,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1586

Videotape testimony of Dasha R., who was born in Będzin, Poland in 1929, one of six children. She recalls her father was a Gerer Hasid; antisemitic violence; close relations with her brothers' children; German invasion; being sent to relatives in a small town; the town burning; fleeing to her brothers' home in Wodzisław; returning home after a few weeks; learning her cousin perished when the Germans burned the synagogue; a public hanging; caring for her brothers' children; hiding the children during round-ups; her parents escaping from a round-up; being taken to Sosnowiec; crying constantly for her parents and brothers' children; deportation to Blechhammer; trying to hang herself; being saved by a woman to whom she remained close until her death four years ago; transfer to Schatzlar, Bernsdorf, and return to Schatzlar; injuries from which she still bears scars; a Czech worker bringing her food; liberation by Soviet troops in May 1945; the Soviets allowing them to demean the SS women; returning home; reunion with one sister (no one else survived); living in displaced persons camps; and emigrating to Palestine via Austria and Italy, then to the United States in 1950. Mrs. R. shows photographs and reads a poem she wrote in camp in March 1944.

R., Dasha, 1929-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
October 29, 1990.
Będzin (Poland)
Wodzisław (Poland)
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Dasha R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1586). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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