Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

Stanley R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1780) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Gabriele Schiff,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1780

Videotape testimony of Stanley R., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1934. Mr. R. recalls his assimilated home; his German governess; German invasion; his father's and uncle's flight to the Soviet Union; moving with his mother to his uncle's home in Wieliczka; the horror of witnessing a building being burned containing Jewish adults and children; their return to Kraków using false papers; his mother working as a domestic; SS confiscation of her employer's home; his mother continuing to work there while hiding him in a closet for six months; being smuggled to Bratislava with his mother, an aunt, and a cousin in winter 1942; traveling to Budapest; hiding with non-Jews until liberation; traveling to a displaced persons camp in Vienna with help from HIAS; moving to Paris; separation from his mother while recuperating in a sanitarium; their emigration to Montréal in 1949, then the United States in 1952; and marriage in 1961. Mr. R. discusses learning of his father's death in Auschwitz; his children's sensitivity about the Holocaust; and his ambivalence about Germany. He shows photographs.

R., Stanley, 1934-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
April 16, 1991.
Kraków (Poland)
Wieliczka (Poland)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Budapest (Hungary)
Paris (France)
Montréal (Québec)
Vienna (Austria)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Stanley R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1780). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
View in Yale University Library Catalog:
Record last modified: 2018-06-04 13:25:00
This page: