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Valerie S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1289) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Gabriele Schiff,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1289

Videotape testimony of Valerie S., who was born in Hungary in 1898. She recounts her family's move to Vienna when she was four; a wonderful childhood and schooling in an affluent home; very close relationships with her mother and sister; marriage in 1923; working as a typist for her husband's anti-Nazi newspaper; fleeing to Budapest with her husband after the Anschluss; learning of her father's arrest from her mother's letters (they were later deported and she never saw them again); fleeing to Paris in 1939 with her husband; his death in January; German occupation; returning to Budapest in 1943; German invasion; acquiring false papers with assistance from a non-Jewish acquaintance; hiding with assistance from her non-Jewish friend; liberation; fleeing to Vienna with her friends in 1956; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. S. notes the importance of luck to her survival and shows documents and photographs.

S., Valerie, 1898-
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
November 5, 1989.
Vienna (Austria)
Budapest (Hungary)
Paris (France)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Valerie S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1289). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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