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Margaret L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-954) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Adele Friedman,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-954

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    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.
    L., Margaret, 1905-
    New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
    Interview Date
    November 9, 1987.
    Vienna (Austria)
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Trenčín (Slovakia)
    Cite As
    Margaret L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-954). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Strochlic, Kathy, interviewer.
    Friedman, Adele, 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.
    False papers.
    Mass killings.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

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