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Rose S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-529) interviewed by Edith Bayme and Pamela Goodman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-529

Videotape testimony of Rose S., who was born in Vranov, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Slovakia) in 1910, one of four siblings. She recounts her mother's death in childbirth; her father's extraordinary devotion to his children; his death at age thirty-eight; her marriage in Košice; Hungarian occupation; disbelief upon hearing of the fate of Jews elsewhere; concentration of Jews from the surrounding area in Košice; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from her husband (she never saw him again); selection; regret that she was chosen to live; witnessing atrocities; transfer after three days to Rīga, then Dondangen; a kapo who assisted her; slave labor under conditions of starvation and deprivation; transfer to Stutthof; a beating by a German guard resulting in her loss of vision; her friends assisting her until her vision returned; transfer to a camp in Germany, then a three-week death march to Ravensbrück, which very few survived; another death march; losing her ability to continue; liberation; her trip home with a group during which Soviet soldiers stole their property and raped some of them; a visit from her nephew who was in the United States military; and receiving assistance from him, including fabric for her wedding dress. Ms. S. discusses recurrent nightmares; her present husband's inability to forgive himself for not kissing his children goodbye the last time he saw them; and the reality of the atrocities being much worse than she has conveyed in this testimony.

Author/Creator
S., Rose, 1910-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
Interview Date
November 12, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
5 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rose S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-529). 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/963062
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