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Dora and Salo R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-12) interviewed by Dori Laub and Laurel Vlock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-12

Videotape testimony of Dora R., who was born in a suburb of Czernowitz, Romania, in 1926, and her husband Salo R., who was born in Czernowitz in 1919. Mr. and Mrs. R. did not meet until after the war. They both describe the rich cultural life of prewar Czernowitz; the large (60,000) Jewish population; the German and Russian occupations and the German re-occupation; the implementation of anti-Semitic action; and the mass murder at the Kulturpalast. Mr. R. recalls hiding in a gentile household at the onset of the German occupation; the ghettoization of Czernowitz; conditions in the ghetto; his draft into slave labor; his deportation to Transnistria, where he worked building highways between Mogilev and Bershad;̓ and his internment in the Bershad ̓ghetto. Mrs. R. tells of her and her family's evacuation from Czernowitz immediately following the German takeover; the long march to Bershad,̓ where she remained from December, 1941 until 1943, when she was able to flee to Romania; life in a labor camp and hiding in Romania; and her return to her mother in Bershad.̓ Both Mr. and Mrs. R. relate the brutal and dehumanizing conditions in the Bershad ̓ghetto; liberation by the Russians; their postwar return to Czernowitz; the circumstances under which they met; and the emotional effects of their experiences.

Author/Creator
R., Dora, 1926-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
August 9, 1980.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Dora and Salo R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-12). 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/616880
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