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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.
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.