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Vera F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-855) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Sara Moss Herz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-855

Videotape testimony of Vera F., who was born in 1916 in Cluj, Romania. She recalls her orthodox family; a Passover Seder; attending Jewish and Romanian schools; German invasion; working in a sweater factory; transport to Auschwitz in May 1944; transfer to Birkenau after several days and Kaiserwald after one day; forced labor; and transfer in August to Stutthof. She tells of beatings; transfer in October to Poland; digging trenches; a forced march and train trip west in December; the guards deserting them; staying at an abandoned house with thirty-four others; walking to another village; a Russian Jewish officer who fed them and placed them on a train to Warsaw; and transport with 5,000 others to Czernowitz. She reports promises of a return home; fears of being sent to Siberia; transport three months later to Slut︠s︡k; returning to Cluj in August 1945; finding no family survivors; escaping to Germany in 1946; a three-year stay in the Bad Reichenhall displaced persons camp; marrying an acquaintance from Cluj; and emigrating to the United States in 1949.

Author/Creator
F., Vera, 1916-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
April 13, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Vera F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-855). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.