Erika J. and Marvina E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-423) interviewed by Florabel Kinsler and Sarah Moskovitz,
Videotape testimony of Marvina E. and her daughter, Erika J., who were born in Miskolc, Hungary in 1901 and 1928. They recall their sense of Hungarian identity; faith in the Horthy regime; disbelief that events in Germany and Poland would affect them; and German invasion in March 1944. Mrs. J. describes prewar antisemitic incidents; her uncles' draft into Hungarian labor battalions; German occupation; her brother's draft; ghettoization; confinement with her parents in a brick factory; her revulsion at the lack of sanitation; her grandfather's arrival; helping sick people and children; separation from her father and grandparents upon arrival at Auschwitz; her humiliation and shame at being naked and shaved; transfer to Płaszów with her mother; slave labor; return to Birkenau; assistance from a kapo; transfer to another camp; helping her mother with assistance from a soldier; digging trenches and working in a munitions factory in another camp from December 1944; saving bread for Shabbat; liberation by Soviet troops in May 1945; returning with her mother to Miskolc; reunion with her brother; and their emigration to Cuba, then the United Sates. Mrs. E. notes she could tell many unbelievable stories.
- Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
- Interview Date
- May 1, 1983.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Erika J. and Marvina E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-423). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.