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Bella M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3133) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Lucille B. Ritvo,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3133

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.

M., Bella, 1904-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
October 5, 1995.
Budapest (Hungary)
Győr (Hungary)
Komárom (Hungary)
Csécse (Hungary)
Semjen (Hungary)
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.
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