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Judith K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1063) interviewed by Raphael Rozner and Miriam Lazarus

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1063

Videotape testimony of Judith K., who was born in Subotica, Yugoslavia. She recalls her pleasant family life; attending Jewish elementary and Yugoslav high school; her father's Zionist activities; exclusion from university due to a Jewish quota; Hungarian occupation in 1941; working as a seamstress; her father's one-month service in a labor camp; German occupation in 1944; her father's deportation in April (she never saw him again); ghettoization; with her mother, aunt and grandmother, separation from the deportation train (they had been included in the Kasztner group); their transfer to Budapest; her grandmother's death; deportation to Bergen-Belsen with the Kasztner group in June; their privileged status; Shabbat and Rosh ha-Shanah services; departure of a small subgroup in August; learning about Auschwitz from new arrivals; her mother's unsuccessful suicide attempt; train transport in December; arrival in Saint Gall, Switzerland; transfers to Caux, Montreux, and Engelberg; and returning to Subotica in August 1945. Mrs. K. recalls learning her father had perished in Bergen-Belsen after their own departure; her guilt about not remaining there; some people making them feel unwelcome in Yugoslavia; and emigration to Israel in 1949.

Author/Creator
K., Judith.
Published
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1984
Interview Date
June 1, 1984.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Judith K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1063). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.