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Sidi N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1015) interviewed by Deborah Shelkan Remis and Richard Adelman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1015

Videotape testimony of Sidi N., who was born in Czechoslovakia. She recalls the Hungarian occupation of Kǒsice in 1939; German invasion in 1944; ghettoization six weeks later; horrendous conditions during her family's transport to Auschwitz; separation from her father; transfer three days later, with her mother, to Płaszów (two aunts were there); hospitalization and surgery; her mother bringing her food; release from the hospital prior to recovery when her mother learned the sick would be killed; their return to Auschwitz during the summer; daily selections; learning about the crematoriums; the pervasive odor of burning flesh; sneaking herself into a group, with her mother and aunts, for transfer to an airplane factory; kindness from the factory foreman; French POWs who gave them hope; transfer to Terezín; and liberation by Soviet troops in May, when she was near death. Mrs. N. describes returning home with her mother; reunion with her father; the kindness of the Czech people; emigration to the United States in 1948; and a visit to Kǒsice in 1975. She discusses her children's responses to her experience and the importance of human rights for all people.

N., Sidi, 1929-
Peabody, Mass : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1987
Interview Date
August 23, 1987.
Košice (Slovakia)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sidi N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1015). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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