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Betty F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1925) interviewed by Jaschael Pery,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1925

Videotape testimony of Betty F., who was born in Vișeu de Sus, Romania in 1930, one of seven children. She recalls attending a Beth Jacob school; antisemitic violence; Hungarian occupation; ghettoization in March 1944; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in May; separation from her family; encountering her older sister and remaining with her; stealing food; sharing it with her sister and cousin; often praying and speaking to God; transfer to Torgau in October; slave labor in a munitions factory; prisoners sabotaging the work; a German officer helping her; liberation by United States troops; Soviet troops raping some of the survivors; an American chaplain helping them escape to the U.S. zone; protecting her former kapo from prosecution; hospitalization in Leipzig; returning home in July 1945; reunion with her brother; learning the rest of their family had perished; her brother and sister placing her in an orphanage in Oradea; she and her siblings moving to Leipheim displaced persons camp with assistance from Beriḥah; attending an ORT school; support from UNRRA; relocation to Lechfeld; and emigrating to the United States in 1949. Mrs. F. discusses the continuing pain of her mother's death and surprise she had not shared memories of her with her own children. She shows photographs.

F., Betty, 1930-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
December 18, 1991.
Vișeu de Sus
Vișeu de Sus (Romania)
Leipzig (Germany)
Oradea (Romania)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Betty F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1925). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.