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Rachel L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1304) interviewed by Rachel Wizner and Dana L. Kline,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1304

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    Videotape testimony of Rachel L., who was born in Chełm, Poland in 1924. Mrs. L. recalls family life; her father's respected position; German occupation; establishment of the Judenrat; ghettoization; children becoming "old" people; hunger; a mass killing in December 1939; forced labor; her father's death from hunger; her mother being taken on the first round-up; forming a bond with another girl who had been left alone; and going together to Polish villages. She describes helpful farmers; fear of staying long due to the risk to their helpers; Germans compelling Jews to perform humiliating acts in the Rejowiec ghetto; forced labor with chemicals resulting in burns and gangrene in her fingers; deportation to Majdanek; exchanging names with one of two sisters so they could remain together; transfer to Skarżysko-Kamienna; munitions work; producing more than her quota; receiving extra soup from the overseer which she shared with a friend; transfer a year later to Częstochowa, then Ravensbrück, and to Bergen-Belsen in 1945; extreme conditions; mass burials; liberation by British troops; many deaths after liberation; and contacting her future husband. Mrs. L. vividly details life and conditions in ghettos and concentration camps.
    L., Rachel, 1924-
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University, 1989
    Interview Date
    November 28, 1989.
    Chełm (Lublin)
    Rejowiec Lubelski
    Rejowiec Lubelski (Poland)
    Chełm (Lublin, Poland)
    Cite As
    Rachel L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1304). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Wizner, Rachel, interviewer.
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.
    This interview is in Yiddish.

    Physical Details

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Mass killings.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Child survivors.

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