Judy J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2336) interviewed by Aletha Simon and Carl R. Schulkin
- Kansas City, Mo. : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Inc,. 1994
- Interview Date
- February 1, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Judy J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2336). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Judy J., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1937. She recalls summers with her maternal grandparents in Békés; her uncle's conscription into a forced labor battalion around 1941 (she never saw him again); her father's conscription two separate times and the loss of his medical practice; German invasion in March 1944; increased anti-Jewish restrictions; relatives moving to their home in a designated Jewish area; leaving Budapest with her parents on June 30, 1944 on the Kasztner train, ostensibly for Portugal; a brief layover in Linz, Austria; arrival at Bergen-Belsen; meager rations, poor sanitation, and frequent roll calls despite privileged treatment as members of the Kasztner group; attending a school organized by inmates; religious services on Rosh ha-Shanah; and transfer to Switzerland in December 1944 with the second Kasztner group. Mrs. J. recalls living in several places including Zurich and Geneva; the traumatic separation from her parents when attending boarding school; and emigration to the United States in 1946. She believes that she is "normal" due to her parent's provision of a constant sense of love and stability.