Dasha R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1586) interviewed by Dvora Mann
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
- Interview Date
- October 29, 1990.
- 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.
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.