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Renee B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1496) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Lucille B. Ritvo,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1496

Videotape testimony of Renee B., who was born in Duisburg, Germany, in 1927. Mrs. B. recalls her discomfort as the only Jew at a Catholic primary school; older Jewish friends who left Germany in the 1930s; fleeing with her parents on Kristallnacht to a former housekeeper's home; commuting daily to a Jewish school in Cologne after 1939; detention in a slaughterhouse before deportation; and arrival at the Rīga ghetto in December 1941. She describes her family's narrow escape from a selection; seeing the bodies of Jewish policemen executed for an attempted uprising; transfer to a railroad work camp at Priekule in mid-1943; surviving a selection with her mother (her father was killed); evacuation by barge to Stutthof in summer 1944; transfer to another railroad camp at Stolp; separation from her mother after their march back to Stutthof; a death march; being placed aboard mined boats on the Baltic; and liberation by British troops after she came ashore at Neustadt. She recounts developing a story of Swiss origins which she told postwar acquaintances to avoid explaining her Holocaust experience. The testimony includes Mrs. B's written narratives, poetry and painting.

B., Renee, 1927-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
April 22, 1991.
Duisburg (Germany)
Cologne (Germany)
Düsseldorf (Germany)
Neustadt in Holstein (Germany)
Priekule (Latvia)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Renee B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1496). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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