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Kate B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1011) interviewed by Ira Glick and Deborah Cardon

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1011

Videotape testimony of Kate B., who was born in Békéscsaba, Hungary in 1929. She recalls her father, who was a distinguished physician; antisemitic incidents in school; exemption from living in the ghetto due to her father's position; deportation to Auschwitz in 1944; separation from her parents upon arrival; finding her mother; their separation during a selection (she never saw her again); cutting trees in a labor camp; hospitalization; assistance from a doctor who knew her father; and liberation by Soviet troops while they were digging their own graves. Mrs. B. describes transfer to Trachenberg (presently Żmigród), Lublin, and Minsk; returning to Budapest in September 1945; entering university; two survivor friends who committed suicide; estrangement from her father due to his remarriage; her marriage in 1949; reconciliation with her father; and emigration to Israel, Germany, and then the United States in 1959. She notes her career in medical research with her husband, and their children's outstanding academic careers; the importance to her survival of being with and being inspired by her mother; recurring nightmares; and changes in her sense of identity in different locations.

Author/Creator
B., Kate, 1929-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1987
Interview Date
November 22, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Kate B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1011). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1110366
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:13:00
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