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Rella E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-547) interviewed by Barbara Hadley Katz and Mindy Brownstein,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-547

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    Videotape testimony of Rella E., who was born in Czechoslovakia in 1923. Mrs. E. tells of the death of her father during her infancy and her mother's remarriage; her family's move to Khust; staying with her religiously observant grandmother in Uz︠h︡horod when her family moved to Yugoslavia (she was thirteen); Hungarian occupation; joining her family in Yugoslavia in 1940; her father's removal to a labor camp; and the family's deportation, after being confined at home for eight days, to the ghetto in Szeged, Hungary, where they lived in a former pigsty. She speaks of disregarding soldiers' warnings to flee, choosing to remain with her debilitated mother and caring for her two younger sisters; the transport four weeks later to Auschwitz; separation from her mother and younger sister upon arrival; and her disbelief on being told by a cousin of their deaths. She describes her life during her three months in Auschwitz; her transfer, with her sister, to another town, where they worked in a nearby grenade factory; and her sustaining relationship with her sister. She relates their liberation by Russians; transport to Siberia; and the journey home to Yugoslavia, where they were eventually reunited with their father and another sister. Mrs. E. also recounts her emigration to Israel; her marriage and divorce; the death of her son in the Israeli army; her move to the United States; and her reason for giving testimony.
    E., Rella, 1923-
    New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
    Interview Date
    May 20, 1985.
    Khust (Ukraine)
    Uz︠h︡horod (Ukraine)
    Szeged (Hungary)
    Siberia (Russia)
    Cite As
    Rella E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-547). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Katz, Barbara Hadley, interviewer.
    Brownstein, Mindy, interviewer.
    Associated material: Ernest E. Holocaust testimony [husband] (HVT-546) Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 25 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hungarian occupation.

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