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Rella W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4320) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Sara Moss Herz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4320

Videotape testimony of Rella W., who was born in Mukacheve, Czechoslovakia in 1921, the oldest of eight children. She recalls her family's Hasidism; attending a Czech school; a large and close extended family; Hungarian occupation; one brother's conscription into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; ghettoization; obtaining false papers as a non-Jew; traveling to Budapest; arrest upon arrival; release to a ghetto the next day; deportation to Auschwitz; transfer to Płaszów; slave labor building roads; local prisoners sharing food; transfer back to Auschwitz four months later; seeing her sister one time; transfer to Mühlhausen after two weeks; becoming friends with Helen B.; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; separation from Helen B.; liberation by British troops; living in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; reunion with her sister; traveling with her to Plzeň, then Landsberg displaced persons camp; marriage; her sister's and brother's emigration to Israel; her daughter's birth in May 1948; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Ms. W. discusses the deaths of her parents, siblings, and other relatives and removal of her Auschwitz tattoo without her permission during surgery. She shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
W., Rella, 1921-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2004
Interview Date
August 27, 2004.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: DVCam Master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rella W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4320). 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/6697020
Record last modified: 2016-11-30 14:04:00
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