Rae H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1771) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Alice Ginott-Cohn
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
- Interview Date
- April 22, 1991.
- 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.
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.