Barbara T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-780) interviewed by Linda Pasternak and Lilian Sicular,
Videotape testimony of Barbara T., who was born in Sighet, Romania in 1925. Mrs. T. discusses Sighet; ethnic rivalries; Jewish life; Hungarian occupation in 1940; attending school in Kolozsvár (Cluj); and Zionist activities. She describes the failure of Jewish leaders to inform the community of the fate of Polish Jewry; her three brothers' conscription into Hungarian labor battalions; German occupation; a last Passover seder; her father's arrest as a hostage, with others, to ensure compliance with German orders; humiliating body searches by Hungarian gendarmes; and deportation. Mrs. T. recalls arrival at Auschwitz; the pervasive "stench"; separation from her mother; walking to Birkenau; believing for weeks the "ovens" were a bakery; overwhelming hunger and the resulting psychological debilitation; transport to Weisswasser in January 1945; work in an airplane factory; receiving food from French POWs; liberation by Soviets in May; and return to Sighet two months later. She discusses her book, which focuses on the immediate postwar period and efforts to live as "normal humans" again; leaving Sighet in 1947; working for the Joint in Munich; learning one brother had survived and was in Palestine; emigration to the United States in 1949; marriage in 1957; involvement in Jewish communal affairs; and attending college, which led to the writing of her book.
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
- Interview Date
- November 8, 1986.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Barbara T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-780). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.