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Aliza R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-256) interviewed by Emily Howard, Rena Rosenfeld and Laurel Vlock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-256

Videotape testimony of Aliza R., who was born in Zbaraż, Poland. She describes life in a wealthy, politically aware family; attending secular school; attending law school at the University of Kraków; marriage to another attorney; and life as a successful professional couple in the Warsaw area. She relates her journey from Warsaw to Zbaraż at the outbreak of the war during which her daughter was born in a farmer's house; living in Zbaraż under the Russian occupation; her feeling they should leave Poland prior to the German invasion; her refusal to register herself and her child with the Germans; the first Aktion in Zbaraż when her husband was taken and shot outside of town; being beaten by the Germans; her attempts to save herself, her child, and her mother; her mother's refusal to hide and eventual deportation; evading round-ups several times; hiding herself and her daughter with the aid of a Polish woman in a small town near Zolochiv, where she saw Jewish slave laborers working in coal mines; teaching her daughter that she was a Catholic and suppressing any knowledge of Yiddish so the child would not inadvertently give them away; being helped by nuns in a nearby convent; hiding in other places when she had to leave that town; liberation by the Russians; her second marriage; and emigration to Israel. Mrs. R. details many incidents of life in the ghetto and in hiding.

R., Aliza.
New York, N.Y. and New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
Interview Date
March 10, 1984 and June 9, 1984.
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Aliza R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-256). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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