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Renate R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-896) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Gabriele Schiff,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-896

Videotape testimony of Renate R., who was born in Berlin in 1923. Mrs. R. describes her family background; life in Germany; and their move to Yugoslavia in 1933; her father's illness and death in 1940; the German invasion of Yugoslavia in 1941; and the forced move with her mother and brother to a Jewish section. She describes living with a Yugoslav family and her mother's imprisonment by the Gestapo. Mrs. R. recounts working for the partisans; having to leave the Yugoslav family due to fear of betrayal; thinking of suicide; and being aided by the mother of a school friend who helped arrange her escape to Italy. She tells of living in a small town near Fiume, Italy; escaping to the island of Cres before the German arrival; traveling by boat to an island near Bari and several other areas in southern Italy, including Brindisi; working for the British in Bari; and traveling to Rome, then Milan. She recounts learning of her mother's imprisonment and death in Yugoslavia; working for relief agencies; and emigration to the United States in May 1948. Mrs. R. speaks of her marriage and family; her brother's war experiences; and her reflections on her own experiences.

R., Renate, 1923-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
May 16, 1987.
Berlin (Germany)
Zagreb (Croatia)
Belgrade (Serbia)
Rijeka (Croatia)
Bari (Italy)
Milan (Italy)
Rome (Italy)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Renate R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-896). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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