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Hella R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4179)

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    Videotape testimony of Hella R., who was born in Adamów, Poland in 1926, the oldest of six children. She recounts moving to Warsaw when she was four; summers with her maternal grandparents in Adamów; attending a Jewish school; German invasion; her mother and siblings returning to Adamów (she never saw them again); ghettoization; studying with a tutor; smuggling food into the ghetto; a Polish friend bringing a letter from her mother; hospitalization for typhus; escaping from a round-up; factory work with her father; hiding in a bunker during the uprising; discovery; deportation to Majdanek; volunteering for transfer at her father's suggestion (she never saw him again); transport to Auschwitz/Birkenau; working in Canada Kommando; exchanging valuables for extra food; she and others fasting on Yom Kippur; liquidation of the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); observing Mala Zimetbaum's public suicide; the uprising in a crematorium; a death march; her friends helping her walk; train transfer to Ravensbrück, then Neustadt-Glewe; abandonment by the Germans; liberation by French POWs, then Soviet troops; walking to Myślibórz, then Łódź; marriage; traveling to Szczecin, Frankfurt, then Munich; her son's birth; living in Bad Reichenhall displaced persons camp; emigration to Israel in 1949; and the births of three daughters. Ms. R. discusses the importance of her friends' support to her survival; testifying at a war crimes trial in Dusseldorf; nightmares resulting from her experiences; and not sharing details of her experiences with her children. She sings ghetto songs.
    R., Hella, 1926-
    Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2000
    Interview Date
    October 26, 2000 and November 2, 2000.
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Adamów (Łuków, Poland)
    Myślibórz (Poland)
    Łódź (Poland)
    Szczecin (Poland)
    Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Munich (Germany)
    Cite As
    Hella R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4179). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    This testimony is in Hebrew.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    2 videorecordings (5 hr., 50 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Hospitals in Jewish ghettos.
    Concentration camps Revolts.
    Mutual aid.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Postwar effects.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Women. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Jewish children in the Holocaust. Jewish ghettos. Jews--Poland--Warsaw. Jewish ghettos--Songs and music. Forced labor. Fathers and daughters. Concentration camp inmates--Religious life. Death marches. Friendship. War crime trials--Germany--Düsseldorf. Prisoners of war--Germany. Nightmares. Refugee camps. Poland. Warsaw (Poland) Adamów (Łuków, Poland) Warsaw (Poland)--History--Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, 1943. Myślibórz (Poland) Łódź (Poland) Szczecin (Poland) Frankfurt am Main (Germany) Munich (Germany) Oral histories (document genres) R., Hella,--1926- Majdanek (Concentration camp) Auschwitz (Concentration camp) Birkenau (Concentration camp) Ravensbrück (Concentration camp) Neustadt-Glewe (Concentration camp) Bad Reichenhall (Displaced persons camp)

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