Frances S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-436) interviewed by Ora Band and Ian Russ
- Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
- Interview Date
- December 3, 1983.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Frances S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-436). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Frances S., who was born in a small town in the Carpathian Mountains in 1925. She recounts her apprenticeship as a dressmaker in a larger city; Hungarian occupation in 1939; forced removal of able-bodied Jewish men; ghettoization in 1944; her father's refusal of an offer of hiding so they could remain with the Jewish community; the belief that a miracle would save them; walking with her family from the Khust ghetto to the train; separation from her family upon arrival at Auschwitz; assuming responsibility for four girls whom she helped to survive; working in a rubber factory; transfer to Ravensbrück, then Malchow; working at a mattress factory; a German supervisor's assistance in obtaining extra food; and fleeing from Berlin as the Soviets approached. Mrs. S. describes staying in a town occupied by Soviet troops; being accused of collaborating with the Germans; and traveling with her friends to Poland.