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Rose S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1093) interviewed by Sara Moss Herz and Dana L. Kline

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1093

Videotape testimony of Rose S., who was born in Minsk, Byelorussia, in 1921. She tells of her family's move to Końskie, Poland; the outbreak of war in 1939 while she was nearby in Przedbórz; fleeing with her boyfriend to Ostrów Lubelski in the Soviet zone; his return; and her marriage to a local artist/musician. Mrs. S. recalls the German invasion; ghettoization; her husband's murder in an Aktion; working as a housekeeper for German soldiers; hiding during a round-up in which her in-laws were taken; being forewarned of Aktions by a German soldier; and escaping with false papers to Zdolbuniv to find Fritz Graebe. She recounts being sent by Graebe to work in Rovno in 1942; concealing her identity during a Gestapo interrogation; obtaining a job through her boss as a "Polish" housekeeper for a banker in Berlin; forced labor in Kremmen after a 1943 decree forbade employing foreign servants; and liberation by American troops. She describes an NKVD interrogation as a suspected collaborator; returning to Poland; her active participation in Aliyah Bet; arrival in Palestine in 1948; and working in a hospital during the 1948 war.

S., Rose, 1921-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
May 13, 1988.
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rose S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1093). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.