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Rita W. Holocaust testimony
Fortunoff Video Archive (Unrestricted)
Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
EAD ID mssa.hvt.1110
Orbis bib 1029482
Primary English
creation 1988-06-03
EAD ID mssa.hvt.1110
Orbis bib 1029482
Person or Corporate Body W., Rita, 1924-
Person or Corporate Body Auschwitz (Concentration camp)
Person or Corporate Body W., Rita, -- 1924-
Person or Corporate Body Auschwitz (Concentration camp)
topical Holocaust survivors
topical Video tapes
topical Women
topical Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
genre_form Personal narratives
topical World War, 1939-1945
genre_form Personal narratives, Jewish
topical Faith
topical Sisters
topical Jewish ghettos
topical Jews
geographic Ukraine
geographic Mukacheve
geographic Hungary
geographic Mukacheve (Ukraine)
geographic Prague (Czech Republic)
topical Death marches
topical Escapes
genre_form Oral histories (document genres)
topical Postwar experiences
topical Jews
geographic Hungary
geographic Munkács
topical Hungarian occupation
2 videocassettes
Abstract Videotape testimony of Rita W., who was born in Mukachevo, Czechoslovakia in 1924. Mrs. W. recalls living in a Czech colony in the Carpathian mountains with very few Jews; high school membership in a Zionist organization; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish measures; her father assisting Polish refugees; his arrest and return six months later; his stories of Hungarian brutality; ghettoization in April 1944 for four weeks; and deportation to Auschwitz. She recounts her arrival to an unknown place, but sensing danger; one sister giving her baby to their mother (that sister survived); another sister choosing to go with her three year old son; staying with four sisters; learning about the chimneys, where their mother had gone, and refusal to believe this; selection for transport in September 1944 (a sister perished then); forced labor digging ditches until December 1944 (she was still with three sisters); a death march; and their escape. She describes posing as eastern workers; she and her sisters working in area farms; becoming ill with typhus; hospitalization; never admitting she was Jewish; liberation on May 1, 1945; learning her sisters had left for Czechoslovakia two weeks before; reunion in Prague with her sisters and her youngest brother; and emigration to the United States in 1947.
Primary English
Place of Recording Ventnor, N.J. :
creation 1988-06-03
Producer Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic County/Stockton State College, Holocaust Oral History Project
W., Rita, 1924-
Karp, Rochelle
Berger, Howard
Interviewee W, Rita (1811)
Interviewer Berger, Howard

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