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Magdolina S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2743) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Sara Moss Herz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2743

Videotape testimony of Magdolina S., who was born in Dunaföldvár, Hungary in 1924. She recalls German occupation; cordial relations with German soldiers; fleeing with her mother to Pécs as Soviet troops advanced; help from a German officer (her future husband); fleeing, with his assistance, to Szombathely and Berlin; marriage; brief visits to Sachsenhausen and Oranienburg; living on a farm near Bergen-Belsen; observing barbed wire and towers, emaciated people marching to the railroad station, guards shooting those who couldn't walk and her inability to identify a strange odor; being forced by the British liberators of Belsen to go through a basement full of corpses; learning of the mass graves; understanding the source of the terrible smell; and learning of the deportation of Jews from her hometown. Mrs. S. discusses not "knowing" during the events themselves; the suffering of the German people; and the importance of verifying the atrocities she witnessed.

Author/Creator
S., Magdolina, 1924-2016.
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
January 6, 1995.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Magdolina S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2743). 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/1089285
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