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Clara L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1850) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Lucille B. Ritvo,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1850

Videotape testimony of Clara L., who was born in Kisvárda, Hungary in 1925. She recalls Sabbath observance at home; her older sister's emigration to England; her older brother's conscription into a labor battalion (she never saw him again); accompanying her father to Budapest for several months while he was hospitalized; German occupation in 1944; return to Kisvárda with her parents; ghettoization; deportation; a family's suicide on the train; her mother's advice to do anything to survive; and separation from her parents upon arrival at Auschwitz (she never saw them again). She describes the importance of remaining with her younger sister; a child's birth in the next barrack; selection of women for medical experiments; exchanging food for a psalm book; reciting the psalms at appels; digging trenches in Silesia; sharing food; Germans giving them hot water while on a death march; stealing pigs' food; carrying her sister; arrival at Bergen-Belsen; and liberation by British troops. Mrs. L. recounts her sister's death ; joining her older sister in England; emigration to Canada in 1948; recent nightmares; and suddenly recurring memories. She expresses the hope that she can now discuss these events with her daughter.

L., Clara, 1925-2014.
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
May 28, 1993.
Kisvárda (Hungary)
Budapest (Hungary)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Clara L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1850). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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