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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-784

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    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.
    F., Magda, 1923-
    New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
    Interview Date
    November 9, 1986.
    Győr (Hungary)
    Cite As
    Magda F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-784). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Moskowitz, Sally, interviewer.
    Moskowitz, Michael, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 42 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Mutual aid.

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