Raye D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4343) interviewed by Susan Millen and Joanne Weiner Rudof
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2006
- Interview Date
- March 16, 2006.
- 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.
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.