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Eve Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1028) interviewed by Sandy Hoffman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1028

Videotape testimony of Eve Z., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1936. She recounts her maternal grandmother lived with them; her orthodoxy; family holiday celebrations; her father's draft into a Hungarian forced labor battalion; visiting him once (she never saw him again); expulsion from their home; living with relatives in the ghetto; frequent deportations, including many relatives; going to work with her mother, fearing to stay home; her mother being placed with a deportation group; getting her mother out of the group; relatives who were living on Christian papers being caught and killed; observing an SS throwing a baby against a wall; hiding in a basement; liberation by Soviet troops; neighbors refusing to return their property; illness resulting from the war; recovering in the Carpathian Mountains; she, her mother, and grandmother not being allowed to return to Budapest when it became Soviet territory; marriage; her child's birth; pervasive antisemitism; being allowed to visit Budapest in 1956; escaping during the revolution; and emigration to the United States in 1957. Ms. Z. discusses her continuing nightmares; her lost childhood; regaining her belief in God in the Carpathians; and the importance of luck to their survival.

Author/Creator
Z., Eve, 1936-
Published
Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1986
Interview Date
November 3, 1986.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eve Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1028). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.