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Magdolna B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-785) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Bonnie Dwork,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-785

Videotape testimony of Magdolna B., who was born in 1924 in Újpest, Hungary, a Budapest suburb. She remembers close relations with her large, extended family; her father's position as a veterinarian for the health department in Budapest; believing events in Poland and Germany "would not happen to us too"; German occupation in March 1944; leaving her parents in Budapest to join her fiance in the country; his arrest; and her return home. Mrs. B. recalls anti-Jewish measures; forced labor; escape from the factory to her home with the aid of her uncle's Christian friend; acquiring false papers in summer 1944; hiding in an apartment with her mother; liberation by Soviet troops; reunion with her father; and learning of her fiance's death. She describes postwar difficulties; nurse's training at the Budapest Jewish Hospital; marriage; her son's birth; her husband's emigration during the Hungarian revolution; raising his son and her own by herself; emigrating to the United States in 1966 with her stepson; her divorce; and her son's emigration to the United States after seven years. Mrs. B. discusses learning of massacres of Jews in Budapest and sharing her experiences with her children.

B., Magdolna, 1924-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
Interview Date
November 10, 1986.
Budapest (Hungary)
IV. Kerület (Budapest, Hungary)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Magdolna B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-785). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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