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Alice B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1909) interviewed by Jaschael Pery,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1909

Videotape testimony of Alice B., who was born in Michalovce, Czechoslovakia in 1924. She describes cordial relations with non-Jews; anti-Jewish laws beginning in 1939; her parents hiding her with an aunt to prevent her deportation in 1942; her parents' and sister's deportation; hiding in sheds and with a non-Jewish relative; her aunt paying a smuggler to bring her and her grandmother to Hungary in 1943; betrayal by the smuggler; escaping; returning to her aunt; traveling to Zemianske Sady in 1944; working in tobacco fields; her uncle paying a man to hide them in Hlohovec; betrayal when their money ran out; transport to Sered in September 1944, then Auschwitz; remaining with her cousin (she never saw the other family again); disbelief when told of gas chambers and crematoria; transfer with her cousin to Bad Kudowa; slave labor in an aircraft factory, then on railroad tracks; evacuation to Náchod; liberation by Soviet troops; kind treatment by Czechs; returning home; antisemitic remarks from Slovaks; living in Žilina; marriage to a Jewish partisan; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Ms. B. discusses regrets for not taking revenge on SS after liberation; recurring nightmares; and her daughter's problems resulting from her experiences. She shows photographs.

B., Alice, 1924-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
January 23, 1992.
Michalovce (Slovakia)
Zemianske Sady (Slovakia)
Hlohovec (Slovakia)
Náchod (Východoceský kraj, Czech Republic)
Žilina (Slovakia)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Alice B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1909). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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