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Richard R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2509) interviewed by Josie Riger and Beatrice Harrison

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2509

Videotape testimony of Richard R., who was born in Lʹviv, Poland in 1923, an only child. He recalls his family's affluence; his father visiting relatives in the United States in 1939 to arrange their emigration, but not being able to return when war began; Soviet occupation; German invasion; Ukrainians taking Jews off the streets (they never returned); forced labor loading and unloading coal which exempted him and his mother from deportation; his mother obtaining false papers and traveling to Warsaw; learning she was denounced and killed; ghettoization; working in Janowska, but not staying there; public hangings; hiding in the cellar of his former non-Jewish nursemaid for more than a year; liberation by Soviet troops; vain efforts to reclaim family property; hearing from his father; illegally traveling to Germany; attending school in Berlin and Munich; emigration to the United States in 1949; obtaining bachelor and master degrees at Columbia; and meeting his wife in Israel. Mr. R. notes supporting his rescuer the rest of her life, but never revealing what she had done due to her fear of locals reprisals.

Author/Creator
R., Richard, 1923-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1993
Interview Date
November 18, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Richard R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2509). 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/4318169
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:42:00
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