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Rica and Marcel K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3141) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3141

Videotape testimony of Rica K., who was born in 1907 in Storoz︠h︡ynet︠s︡ʹ, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Romania), and her son Marcel who was born in approximately 1940. She recalls her older brothers' emigration to the United States; marriage in 1930 to a man from Chernivt︠s︡i; their affluence; her mother's death; ghettoization with her father and son in Chernivt︠s︡i in 1941 in her brother-in-laws' house (her husband joined her later); non-Jewish neighbors bringing them food; their exemption from deportation due to her husband's agricultural expertise; a mass shooting that included her sister and her children (thirty-eight family members were killed in Transnistria); frequently moving to small towns in Hungary; bribing Romanian soldiers to obtain food; an elderly couple hiding her son when he was sick; liberation by Soviet troops in Oradea; her daughter's birth in 1945; her father's death in 1947; living in Paris for two years; and emigration to join her brothers in the United States. Ms. K. attributes their survival to having money. Marcel K. recalls cutting hay at his grandparents' farm; sitting at a window in Chernivt︠s︡i; traveling to Oradea; and the smell of vodka on the breath of Soviet soldiers. He does not remember hunger.

Author/Creator
K., Rica, 1907-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1993
Interview Date
June 25, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rica and Marcel K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3141). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.