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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3863

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.

Author/Creator
B., Roma, 1926-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1999
Interview Date
April 8, 1999.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Roma B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3863). 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/4413723
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:43:00
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