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Malvinia S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-644) interviewed by Elaine Shepp,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-644

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    Videotape testimony of Malvinia S., who was born in Sighet, Romania. She describes her family's Hasidism; her mother's death when she was eleven; one brother's emigration to Cuba; Hungarian occupation; her brother's draft into a forced labor battalion; obtaining documents in Velyikyy Bychkiv to confirm her father's citizenship; his death; ghettoization in spring 1944; deportation to Auschwitz; selections; a friend who obtained extra food and shared it with her; transfer to a camp in Upper Silesia; slave labor digging trenches; a death march; digging graves after mass killings; declining to escape with her friend; disappearance of German guards on May 5, 1945; recovering in an UNRRA hospital in Butovice; and returning to Sighet in June 1945. Mrs. S. recalls contacting her brother in Cuba through the Joint; learning her friend had survived and their reunion; learning her other brother had perished; traveling to Germany in June 1946; living in Leipheim; emigrating to France in February 1948, and Cuba later that year; marriage; fleeing to the United States with her children when Castro took over; and her husband's death in Cuba. She notes the importance of friends to her survival and the difficulty of discussing these experiences.
    S., Malvinia.
    Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1985
    Interview Date
    October 10, 1985.
    Sighetu Marmației (Romania)
    Velykyĭ Bychkiv (Ukraine)
    Butovice (Czech Republic)
    Cite As
    Malvinia S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-644). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Shepp, Elaine, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with ti
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 6 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hungarian occupation.
    Mutual aid.
    Mass killings.
    Postwar experiences.

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