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Rae H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1771) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Alice Ginott-Cohn

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1771

Videotape testimony of Rae H., who was born in Uz︠h︡horod, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1925. She describes her impoverished family's orthodoxy and closeness; good relations with Czechs; her Czech patriotism; Hungarian occupation in March 1939; anti-Jewish measures; a sister's emigration to London and a brother's flight to Russia; a brother's and brother-in-law's draft into Hungarian forced labor battalions; her father's death; the influx of Jewish refugees from Slovakia; staying with a cousin in Budapest; German occupation in March 1944; returning home posing as a non-Jew; escaping prior to ghettoization with help from a non-Jewish boy; hiding with his family; singing and reciting poetry to maintain her sanity; learning the ghetto was liquidated; German retreat; returning to Uz︠h︡horod; the trauma of learning of the destruction of the Jews, including her family; finding other survivors, including her future husband; marriage in January 1945; identifying a collaborator to the Soviets; the births of two children while traveling and living in Romania, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, Germany (a displaced persons camp), London, Paris, and Montréal; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. H. discusses her belief in God and Judaism throughout her life. She shows photographs and reads excerpts from her autobiography.

Author/Creator
H., Rae, 1925-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
April 22, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rae H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1771). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4317860
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:42:00
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