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Rose W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-657) interviewed by Susan Millen and Lucille B. Ritvo,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-657

Videotape testimony of Rose W., who was born in Sandomierz, Poland, in 1921. Mrs. W. recalls the sizeable Jewish population and considerable antisemitism of her home town; the outbreak of the war; traveling throughout Poland as a non-Jew, doing trade in order to support her family; her deportation, along with two siblings, to Skarżysko-Kamienna; working first in Werk B in a HASAG munitions factory, where she was aided by a Polish girl, and later in Werk A, where she witnessed the deterioration and disappearance of her brother; and her transfer to Częstochowa and slave labor there. She speaks of religion in the camps; her many lucky opportunities to obtain extra food; liberation by the Russians; and her postwar hospitalization in Vienna. Mrs. W. also describes her experiences in the displaced persons camps of Fürth, Bamberg, and Bad Nauheim, where she met and married her husband; emigration to the United States; and her sorrow on happy occasions because of the loss of her family.

W., Rose, 1921-
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
Interview Date
February 14, 1986.
Sandomierz (Poland)
Częstochowa (Poland)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rose W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-657). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.