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Rena S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2126) interviewed by David Herman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2126

Videotape testimony of Rena S., who was born in Zduńska Wola, Poland in 1929. She recalls a comfortable life; visiting grandparents in Kalisz and Łódź; German invasion in September 1939; walking to Łódź; returning home shortly thereafter; confiscation of their home; living with grandparents in Kalisz; confiscation of their home; returning to her parents; ghettoization; her younger sister's selection in 1942 (she never saw her again); rail transport to the Łódź ghetto; living with relatives; forced factory labor; hospitalization for typhus; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in 1944; separation from her father (she never saw him again); transfer with her mother to Hamburg; slave labor demolishing buildings; transfer to Poppenbüttel; doing roadwork; separation from her mother; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; finding her mother; liberation by British troops; hospitalization; her mother's death; marking her grave; living in the displaced persons camp; returning to Łódź with an aunt, then back to Germany; living in Munich; assistance from the Joint; living in Berck-Plage, Paris, a children's home in Versailles, and with relatives in Paris; emigration to London in 1949; marriage; and raising two children. Ms. S. discusses numbness in the camps; losing her belief in God; slowly recovering her faith; and never sharing her story before.

Author/Creator
S., Rena, 1929-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
February 24, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rena S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2126). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.