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Eva W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-652)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-652

Videotape testimony of Eva W. who was born in Cluj, Romania. She recalls a comfortable childhood as the daughter of an attorney; pervasive antisemitism; Hungarian occupation in 1940; restrictive anti-Jewish laws; her shame at wearing a yellow star; ghettoization in 1944; her humiliation at forced nudity; deportation to Auschwitz; caring for her mother; meeting two cousins after her mother's selection for death; witnessing a prisoner giving birth; transfer to Birkenau; receiving bread and shoes from a male prisoner; selection with other "Aryan-looking" girls by Mengele; transfer to Weisswasser; working for I. G. Farben; help from a guard during the death march to Buchenwald; transfer to Sweden through the intercession of Folke Bernadotte; hospitalization; locating relatives in the United States through the Red Cross; and emigration to join them. She discusses her aunt asking her to convey her story to others and her accompanying shame; reluctance to share her experience with her husband and son, and their lack of interest; and fear resulting from war experiences.

Author/Creator
W., Eva.
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1985
Interview Date
October 10, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eva W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-652). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.