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Oral history interview with Ruth Tatarko

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.156 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0156

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Ruth Tatarko, born in Hrubieszow, Poland, describes how it is difficult for her to remember her experiences in the Holocaust since she blocked most of it; entering school in 1938 in Chelmce, Poland and staying with a teacher; her father enlisting in the Polish Army when the war broke out; hidding with her teacher and passing as Christian; returning home and becoming a messenger in the underground; an action in 1942 and escaping to her teacher’s home; being sent to the work camp Yadkov (possibly Jadów) at the end of 1942; the work and living conditions at the camp and being saved many times by a gestapo named Wagner; being sent to the Mielec camp; working in camp Vielishew (possibly Wieliszew or Wieliczka concentration camp) at an underground airplane factory; being sent to Plaszow; her work and state of mind; joining a transport to Auschwitz; the selections, showers, food, and Kapos; getting sick but recovering; being selected for office work to forge documents; the bombing of the crematorium; being taken in 1944 to Mühlhausen and working in a weapons factory, etching and doing graphic work; being taken to Bergen-Belsen and the horrors of the camp; how she got food and managed to stay alive; being liberated by the British Army; joining a kibbutz (“Nocham”) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany; her relationship with Germans; studing fashion design in Germany; working and teaching in Israel; her regrets of not giving her testimony sooner; the voyage to Israel; and her life in Israel.

Interviewee
Ruth Tatarko
Date
1992 March 05  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
7 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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