Rachelle S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-986) interviewed by Maryanne Kador and Gabriele Schiff
- New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
- Interview Date
- May 10, 1988.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Rachelle S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-986). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.