Oral history interview with Masha Rolnikaite
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- M. (Mashe) Rolniḳayṭe
- Bret Werb
2006 July 16
Masha Rolnikaite discusses her Holocaust experiences in Vilnius and in Strasdenhof concentration camp; the poetry and song lyrics she composed in Yiddish while in the Vilnius (Vilna) ghetto; and her post-war literary career.
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Also in Masha Rolnikaite collection
The donation of 2006 consists of: 1 notebook [poetry and song lyrics composed by Masha Rolnikaite, in Yiddish, while in the Vilnius (Vilna) ghetto] Provenance: After her liberation from the Strasdenhof concentration camp, Masha found a notebook in the house in which she was recuperating and wrote the songs she had composed from memory. The collection also includes an oral history interview conducted with Masha on July 16, 2006 by Bret Werb and Vadim Altskan. In the interview, which is in Russian, Masha discusses the notebook with song lyrics, her Holocaust experiences in Vilnius and in Strasdenhof, and her post-war literary career. The donation of 2016 consist of: 20 boxes (documents, correspondence, photographs, albums, slides, newspapers) 1 box of visual materials: 6 video recordings, 7 sound recordings and 8 DVDs [interviews, radio broadcasts, lectures, short movies concerning the life and literary career of Rolnikaite (1927-2016)] Books [were transferred to the Museum Library]
Papers of Masha Rolnikaite (1927-2016) [M. (Mashe), Rolniḳayṭe], Holocaust survivor, the Lithuanian-born chronicler of the Holocaust. The papers was donated in two parts. The first part, donated in 2006, consists of one notebook containing poetry and song lyrics composed by Masha Rolnikaite, in Yiddish, while in the Vilnius (Vilna) ghetto. After her liberation from the Strasdenhof concentration camp, Masha found a notebook in the house in which she was recuperating and wrote the songs she had composed from memory. The second part, donated in 2016, consists of correspondence (including letters from Mikhail Lev), diaries, notes, manuscripts, speeches, news clippings, albums, photographs, slides and other materials, concerning the life and literary career of Masha Rolnikaite. Masha Rolnikaite best known work was her account of her time spent in the Vilnius ghetto, titled Я должна рассказать [ I︠A︡ dolzhna rasskazat], English “I Must Tell”.