Rina E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1873) interviewed by Jaschael Pery
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
- Interview Date
- October 28, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Rina E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1873). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Rina E., who was born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia in 1936. She recounts German invasion in April 1941; her father's arrest (she never saw him again); escaping to Split in the Italian zone with her mother and grandparents; one year in an Italian camp; transfer to Rab Island; relatively benign conditions; singing Italian songs for extra bread; Italian guards leaving after German invasion in 1943; hiring a boat to return to Yugoslavia; hiding in forests; leaving her grandparents in a village; joining partisans; her mother working as their cook and translator; being smuggled to a hospital when she had frostbite and typhus; escaping during a German raid; returning to her mother with assistance from a peasant; leaving the partisans; living in Glina with her grandparents; celebrating the end of the war; attending school; emigration with her mother to Israel in 1948; striving to integrate herself, not wanting to be viewed as a survivor; marriage; and her theater career in Israel and the United States. Mrs. E. discusses her futile hope that her father had survived; not sharing her experiences with her children; and writing a "black humor" theater piece based on experiences. She shows photographs.