Anna O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-646)
- Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1985
- Interview Date
- June 23, 1985.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Anna O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-646). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Anna O., who was born in Hungary in 1927. She recounts pervasive antisemitism; attending gymnasium in Debrecen; German invasion in March 1944; staying with her boyfriend's family; returning home despite regulations against Jews traveling; the town's Jews being forced into one house; deportation by cattle car to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her father and grandmother (she never saw them again); remaining with her mother and a cousin; transfer to Płaszów; assisting her mother with slave labor; return to Auschwitz; relief at being tattooed, thinking they would survive; transfer to Parschnitz; being saved from selections by prisoner orderlies when in the infirmary; desertion by the guards in May 1945; a three-month journey to Hungary; the trauma of learning both brothers had perished; reunion with her boyfriend; finishing high school in Romania; marriage in 1946; escaping to Hungary, then Germany; briefly living in a refugee camp; attending medical school in Heidelberg with her husband; and their emigration to the United States. Dr. O. discusses the importance to her survival of remaining with her mother; sharing her story with her children; and her gradual process of mourning.