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Roma B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3863) interviewed by Frances Proctor Cohen and Barbara Hadley Katz,

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    Videotape testimony of Roma B., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1926. She recalls German invasion in September; ghettoization; joining Hashomer Hatzair; her brother's bar mitzvah; hiding during round-ups; her father arranging her transfer to a farm in July 1942; learning her family was deported (she never saw them again); returning to Warsaw; transfer to a labor camp; returning to Warsaw in January 1943; hiding with relatives during the April 1943 uprising; their discovery; deportation to Majdanek; transfer to Auschwitz; assignment to Canada Kommando; public hanging of Mala Zimetbaum who slit her own wrists; the Sonderkommando revolt; a death march, then transport to Ravensbrück; transfer to Malchow; sabotaging her munitions work; the guards leaving in May 1945; liberation; searching for relatives in Łódź and Warsaw; living with cousins in Allenstein (Olsztyn), posing as Christians; traveling to Berlin; living in the UNRRA camp, Schlactensee; moving to Eschwege; medical studies in Frankfurt; and emigration to Israel in May 1948 via Strasbourg and Marseille. Mrs. B. discusses details of camp and ghetto life; the importance of friends to her survival; loss of dignity and constant terror; reluctance to share her experiences; the Six Day War as the "first crack" in the "wall" around her memory; gradually sharing her experiences; and visiting Malchow and Ravensbrück in 1995.
    B., Roma, 1926-
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1999
    Interview Date
    April 8, 1999.
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Łódź (Poland)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Olsztyn (Województwo Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Poland)
    Eschwege (Germany)
    Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Strasbourg (France)
    Marseille (France)
    Cite As
    Roma B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3863). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Cohen, Frances Proctor, interviewer.
    Katz, Barbara Hadley, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 17 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Mutual aid.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Concentration camps Revolts.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Women. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Jewish ghettos. Jews--Poland--Warsaw. Bar mitzvah. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. Forced labor. Death marches. Sabotage. Refugee camps. Poland. Warsaw (Poland)--History--Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, 1943. Łódź (Poland) Berlin (Germany) Olsztyn (Województwo Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Poland) Eschwege (Germany) Frankfurt am Main (Germany) Strasbourg (France) Marseille (France) Oral histories (document genres) B., Roma,--1926- Zimetbaum, Mala,--1918-1944. United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. World Hashomer Hatzair. Majdanek (Concentration camp) Auschwitz (Concentration camp) Ravensbrück (Concentration camp) Malchow (Concentration camp)

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