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Zoe R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4053) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Michel Rosenfeldt,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4053

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    Videotape testimony of Zoe R., who was born in Cluj, Romania in 1925, an only child. She recounts her parents' divorce when she was three; attending the school of a Neolog synagogue; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; Hungarian occupation; antisemitic legislation; German invasion in spring 1944; round-up with her mother to a building with thousands of other Jews; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her mother (she never saw her again); fellow prisoners holding her when she fainted during an appell; frequent selections; transfer to Frankfurt; slave labor for Organisation Todt; brief hospitalization; transfer six weeks later to the Ravensbrück tent camp, then Zillerthal; slave labor in a textile factory; receiving sugar from the Red Cross at Christmas; transfer to Nordhausen; slave labor in a munitions factory; sabotaging production; writing poetry; a death march to Morgenstern; escaping with four others; a German soldier bringing them food; capture by a SS man; escaping again; liberation by United States troops; convalescing on a farm; traveling to Namur; living in Jambes, Dave, and Brussels; learning an uncle had survived; marriage to a survivor; the births of two children; and learning her father was in Israel. Ms. R. discusses sharing her experiences with her husband in front of their children; pervasive painful memories and nightmares; visiting Cluj in 1962, of which she has fond memories despite not receiving help from the non-Jews there; and her husband's death at a young age.
    R., Zoe, 1925-
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1996
    Interview Date
    October 23, 1996.
    Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Morgenstern (Germany)
    Namur (Belgium)
    Jambes (Belgium)
    Dave (Belgium)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Zoe R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4053). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Thanassekos, Yannis, interviewer.
    Rosenfeldt, Michel, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (4 hr., 30 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hungarian occupation.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Aid by non-Jews.

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