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Rachel L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3842)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3842

Videotape testimony of Rachel L., who was born in Zduńska Wola, Poland in 1926, one of six children in a Hasidic family. She recounts attending public school; cordial relations with non-Jews; vacationing in Andrzejów; returning to Łódź; German invasion; her parents hiding their valuables; eviction from their home; ghettoization; living with an aunt; retrieving their valuables; trading them for necessities; her privileged position in the kitchen; sharing extra food with her family; deportation of her parents and siblings, except one sister; brief hospitalization; hiding with her sister during round-ups; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; slave labor in a munitions factory; transfer with her sister to Bergen-Belsen, then several days later to Elsnig; German guards leaving them extra food; train transport; escaping during Allied bombings; capture by German soldiers; her sister being wounded; their separation; liberation by Soviet troops; locating her sister in a Magdeburg hospital; her death; traveling to Hildesheim; illegal emigration to Palestine via Aachen, Brussels, and Antwerp; quarantine in ʻAtlit; and reunion with relatives. Ms. L. notes not sharing her experiences, even with her children.

L., Rachel, 1926-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
October 10, 1996.
Zduńska Wola (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Andrzejów (Łódź, Poland)
Hildesheim (Germany)
Magdeburg (Germany)
Aachen (Germany)
Brussels (Belgium)
Antwerp (Belgium)
ʻAtlit (Israel)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rachel L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3842). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.