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Edith R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3972) interviewed by Raymond Kaplan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3972

Videotape testimony of Edith R., who was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1930, the older of two children of Polish émigrés. She recounts attending Jewish summer camp; German invasion in May 1940; fleeing with her family to France; living on a non-Jewish family's farm; attending school; traveling to Toulouse; incarceration in Claremont-Ferrand; escaping approximately six weeks later after her father bribed a French guard; walking to Paris; returning to Brussels; expulsion from school; being sent with her brother to a summer camp in Uccle; returning; hiding with her parents; their arranging for her to hide with a blind woman; missing her parents and returning to them; being hidden in a Catholic orphanage; baptism; taking communion; her father's visit; frequent name changes; returning home after D-Day; being hidden in another convent; liberation; emigration to the United States in 1948; returning briefly to Belgium two years later; marriage in the United States in 1955; and the birth of two children. Ms. R. discusses seeking treatment for emotional problems resulting from her experiences and her identity as a Jew.

Author/Creator
R., Edith, 1930-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1997
Interview Date
July 15, 1997.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Edith R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3972). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.