Bella M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3133) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Lucille B. Ritvo
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- October 5, 1995.
- 3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Bella M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3133). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Bella M., who was born in Hungary in 1904 and grew up in Csecse. She recalls studying in Komárom, Budapest, and Vienna; obtaining a permit to retain her lingerie workshop despite the law against it; her husband's compulsory service in a labor battalion; an unsuccessful attempt to hide after Szaloshi came to power in 1944; incarceration in a brick factory; escaping with sick women to Győr; organizing treatment and food for the Jewish women with assistance from a doctor and men from a Jewish labor battalion; contacting their friends and relatives through a peasant; escaping to Budapest with assistance from the doctor and nuns; learning her husband was deported to Germany; using false papers to travel with her Catholic friend to Komárom; joining her sister in Semjen with assistance from her non-Jewish brother-in-law; her husband's arrival a week later (he escaped from Szombathely with assistance from a former employee and a friend); and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. M. recounts rebuilding their life in Budapest; her daughter's birth in 1945; emigration with her family to Canada in 1949; and her husband's continuing sense of being a stranger.