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Rachelle S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-986) interviewed by Maryanne Kador and Gabriele Schiff,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-986

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    Videotape testimony of Rachelle S., who was born in Tlumach, Ukraine in 1921. She describes her family of seven children; German occupation in 1941; a two day forced march initiated by local boys; returning to their ransacked home; ghettoization; difficult conditions including hunger (her sister smuggled food); hiding during round-ups; her father's murder in an "aktion"; their escape with help from Polish people who knew her father; traveling to Buchach; and a mass killing after which her brother had to bury the bodies. Mrs. S. tells of escaping to the woods during which her mother and a sister were shot; traveling at night; her many illnesses; building a hiding place and living there through the winter with the help of a Pole; moving to another hiding place in 1944 for fear of discovery; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. S. speaks of their traveling to Germany, via Chernovtsy; living in a displaced persons camp in Berlin; and her long illnesses and hospitalization. She emphasizes the hardships she endured; her faith in God; the goodness of her parents; her wonderful family; and how important it is for her children to know of Jewish suffering during the Holocaust.
    S., Rachelle, 1921-
    New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
    Interview Date
    May 10, 1988.
    Chernivt︠s︡i (Ukraine)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Tlumach (Ukraine)
    Buchach (Ukraine)
    Cite As
    Rachelle S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-986). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kador, Maryanne, interviewer.
    Schiff, Gabriele, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 12 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Refugee camps.
    Postwar effects.
    Mass killings.
    Postwar experiences.

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