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Judith H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1281) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Helen W. Silverman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1281

Videotape testimony of Judith H., who was born in a small village in Czechoslovakia in 1924. She recalls being the only higher class family there; antisemitism; living with her grandparents to attend school in Prešov; Hungarian occupation; attending school in Budapest; learning of Jewish persecutions in Slovakia (her grandparents were deported and perished in Majdanek); her brother joining her in 1943; German invasion in March 1944; an unsuccessful attempt to return home with her brother; her depression upon learning her parents were deported (she never saw them again); living with her brother in buildings designated for Jews; reporting for forced labor in October 1944; separation from her brother; digging trenches; unsuccessful escape attempts during a forced march in November; acquiring a Swedish passport from Raoul Wallenberg, which later proved useless; forced labor in Kerecsend; mass killings near Eisenerz in April 1945; starvation and cannibalism in Mauthausen; a death march to Gunskirchen in May; and liberation by United States troops. Dr. H. describes walking to Sankt Pölten; escaping to Vienna; reunion with her brother in Budapest; attending medical school; moving to Prague; emigration with her children to Sweden in 1966; and joining her husband in the United States in 1969.

Author/Creator
H., Judith, 1924-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
November 13, 1989.
Locale
Czechoslovakia
Prešov (Slovakia)
Budapest (Hungary)
Kerecsend (Hungary)
Sankt Pölten (Austria)
Vienna (Austria)
Sweden
Prague (Czech Republic)
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Judith H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1281). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.