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Hermina H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1284) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Kathy Strochlic

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1284

Videotape testimony of Hermina H., who was born in Uz︠h︡horod, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) to a family of five daughters. She recalls her Hungarian, rather than Czech, sense of identity; beginning to work in 1938; Hungarian occupation; antisemitic laws; her father's death in 1939; German invasion in March 1944; ghettozation in a brick factory; deportation to Auschwitz in June; maneuvering to stay with three of her sisters; learning her mother and other family members had been gassed; starvation and selections; receiving clothes from her mother's cousin; transfer to Stutthof; being beaten for the first time; transfer to Toruń; slave labor digging trenches; one sister being shot on a death march; internment in Krone prison; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. H. recounts living in Bydgoszcz; returning to Uz︠h︡horod; reunion with her brother-in-law; moving to Czechoslovakia; marriage; and emigration to Argentina, then the United States. She discusses happy memories of Uz︠h︡horod as well as lingering sadness, loneliness, and nightmares. She shows family photographs.

Author/Creator
H., Hermina, 1921-
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
Hermina H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1284). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.