Bertha H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-453) interviewed by Florabel Kinsler
- Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
- Interview Date
- June 19, 1983.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Bertha H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-453). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Bertha H., who was born in Szatmárcseke, Hungary in 1920 to a family of ten children. She recalls a happy family life; working as a dressmaker; marriage in 1942; her husband's deportation to a work camp six weeks later; German occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; transfer with her family to the Mátészalka ghetto in April 1944; separation from her older sister and mother upon arrival at Auschwitz (she never saw them again); transfer with her two younger sisters to Płaszów; concealing her younger sister's deafness; working with her sister in a tailor shop; transfer to Auschwitz; slave labor in Silesia, then Liebau; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. H. describes returning to Szatmárcseke with her two sisters; joining her husband in Czechoslovakia; and emigrating to the United States in 1949. She discusses her sense that Americans did not want to hear about her experiences; a trip to Hungary and Auschwitz in 1977; and her continuing nightmares.