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Eva V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2254) interviewed by Frances Proctor Cohen and Joanne Weiner Rudof

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2254

Videotape testimony of Eva V., who was born in 1922 in Oradea Mare, Romania. She recalls her family's high position in local society; their sense of Hungarian identity; graduation from a convent school in 1939; Hungarian occupation; compulsory service for Jewish men in Hungarian labor battalions; the Gestapo commandeering their home; living with her grandfather in the ghetto; refusing to leave her family to escape to Romania; her grandfather's death; and deportation to Auschwitz. Mrs. V. recounts separation from her parents, whom she never saw again; transfer to Kaiserwald, Danzig and Stutthof; forced labor; constant killings and deaths, including her sister; telling stories to entertain other prisoners; learning from Jewish partisans of approaching Soviet troops; remaining behind after the camp's evacuation; escaping after an SS soldier killed her cousin and thought he had killed her too; and liberation in January 1945. Mrs. V. describes recuperating in Deutsch Eylau and Tambov; returning to Oradea Mare; marriage; her daughter's birth; confiscation of the family factory; and emigrating to Israel in 1961. She notes the importance of her daughter and her grandchildren in her life.

Author/Creator
V., Eva, 1922-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
November 4, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eva V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2254). 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/1068951
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