Edith R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3972) interviewed by Raymond Kaplan
- Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1997
- Interview Date
- July 15, 1997.
- 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.
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.