Margaret L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-954) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Adele Friedman
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
- Interview Date
- November 9, 1987.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Margaret L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-954). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Margaret L., who was born in Treňcín, Czechoslovakia (then Austro-Hungarian Monarchy) in 1905. She recalls moving to Vienna in 1914; her father's death shortly thereafter; attending high school and business school; participating in a 1920 work/study program in Holland; returning to Vienna to help support her family; marriage in 1924; emigration to Budapest, Hungary; her daughter's birth in 1931; and her mother's and sister's emigration to London after the Anschluss. Mrs. L. recounts hearing rumors of concentration camps; German invasion in 1944; anti-Jewish restrictions; forced relocation; being hidden by the housekeeper and chauffeur of the closed Turkish embassy (her husband's former employer), who provided false papers; witnessing Jews shot and thrown into the Danube; liberation by Soviet troops; the return of camp survivors; and renewal of the Jewish community. She relates her husband's and daughter's conversion to Catholicism resulting in her sense of betrayal; separation from them in 1950; escape during the 1956 uprising; emigration to the United States; difficult relations with her mother and sister; remarriage in 1969 and visits to her daughter in Hungary. Mrs. L. notes the Holocaust shaped and changed her life.