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Magda F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-784) interviewed by Sally Moscowitz and Michael Moscowitz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-784

Videotape testimony of Magda F., who was born in Győr, Hungary in 1923. She recalls her father's Hungarian patriotism; opting not to join an uncle in Argentina in 1938; German occupation in 1944; anti-Jewish measures; family and community failure to recognize the imminent danger; offers from non-Jewish friends to hide them and their refusal; deportation to Auschwitz on June 10, 1944; and separation from her family. Mrs. F. describes camp conditions; the inability to recognize the extermination process; relations between Jews from different countries; a recurring dream of escape; transport to Lippstadt six weeks later; forced labor in an aircraft factory; the kindness of one German guard; mutual support among her friends; refusal to eat on Yom Kippur; Allied bombings; a forced march toward Bergen-Belsen in April 1945; and liberation by American troops. She remembers difficulties obtaining papers to emigrate to Argentina; waiting in Switzerland; arrival in Argentina in 1948; marriage shortly thereafter; the births of her children and making them her primary focus; discomfort knowing that high level Nazis lived nearby, including Eichmann and Mengele; recurring nightmares; and emigration to the United States in 1963. Other topics include her family relationships and her belief that her experiences impacted her children.

Author/Creator
F., Magda, 1923-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
Interview Date
November 9, 1986.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Magda F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-784). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1007879
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:07:00
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