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Dorothy R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-291) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Emily Howard,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-291

Videotape testimony of Dorothy R., who was born in Lʹvov, Ukraine in 1904. She describes her large family; marriage in 1937; attempts to emigrate to the United States; Russian occupation; the birth of her daughter Sophia in 1941; and the German occupation, which resulted in her husband's immediate incarceration in Janowska. Mrs. R. recalls obtaining false Gentile documents; hiding with her daughter outside of Lʹvov with the help of a Polish friend; the arrival of her husband after his escape from Janowska; hiding him in the attic for two years, unbeknownst to the landlord and Sophia, and with the help of the Polish friend; several times when he was almost discovered; her husband's recording of his experiences, which were subsequently published; her pregnancy which resulted in her eviction; finding another place to live and hide her husband; liberation by the Russians; the death of their ten-month-old baby; and their decision to leave Europe. She relates living in Paris for five years while waiting for documents for the United States; arrival in the United States; her husband obtaining a college degree; shielding Sophia from memories of the Holocaust; her circle of survivor friends with whom she discusses it; and the death of her husband. Mrs. R. comments that forty years later so much pain is still with her.

R., Dorothy, 1904-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
Interview Date
June 25, 1984.
Paris (France)
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Dorothy R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-291). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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