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Fanny L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1109) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Rochelle Karp

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1109

Videotape testimony of Fanny L., who was born in Majdan, Czechoslovakia in 1929. She recalls Hungarian occupation; witnessing horrible sights during an eight day forced transport with her family to Romania; and their 1943 move to Khust thinking they would be safer. Mrs. L. describes German occupation in 1944; ghettoization; deportation to Birkenau; starvation, lice, endless roll calls and selections; atrocities committed by Irma Grese; the importance of remaining with her cousin; receiving food from a Polish political prisoner; the birth of a dead baby in her barrack; and burying the child. She tells of forced labor at approximately ten camps, including an ammunition factory and a salt mine; eating food from trash cans; a helpful woman guard; liberation by the Red Cross led by Count Bernadotte; recuperating in Sweden; learning her father and brother had survived; and meeting them in Germany in 1949. She discusses her constant questioning of why this happened and the lack of an answer; attributes her survival to luck; and hopes the world will never forget.

Author/Creator
L., Fanny, 1929-
Published
Ventnor, N.J. : Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic County/Stockton State College, Holocaust Oral History Project, 1988
Interview Date
February 2, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Fanny L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1109). 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/1055919
Record last modified: 2015-10-08 15:45:00
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