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Raye D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4343) interviewed by Susan Millen and Joanne Weiner Rudof

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4343

Videotape testimony of Raye D., an only child, who was born in Vilna, Poland (presently Vilnius, Lithuania) in 1928. She recalls her large, extended family; attending a private Yiddish school with Gabriel Weinreich; Soviet occupation; German invasion in June 1941; her father's execution in July; ghettoization; hiding with her mother and relatives during round-ups; deportation to Kaiserwald with her mother and one aunt (her daughter had been taken); slave labor for Organization Todt (OT); German OT staff giving them extra food; transfer to Stutthof in late 1943, then to a subcamp of Dachau; a supervisor who fed them well when doing agricultural work; seeing her father's friend across a fence; throwing him extra food; transfer to Bergen-Belsen in fall 1944; a beating for “stealing” potatoes; hospitalization, treatment by Hadassah Rosensaft; discharge; liberation by British troops on April 15; many dying from eating; complete numbness; living in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; studying nursing; working in the hospital; visiting an uncle in Paris; emigration with her mother to the United States in 1949; and marriage to a survivor in 1951. Ms. D. discusses organization of the displaced persons camp, including the leader Josef Rosensaft; her aunt never recovering from the loss of her child; and visits to Vilnius with her husband and children. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
D., Raye, 1928-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2006
Interview Date
March 16, 2006.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: DVCam master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Raye D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4343). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.