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Cornelia S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1949) interviewed by Adriana Rosenbaum and Nancy Freed

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1949

Videotape testimony of Cornelia S., who was born in a Hungarian village in 1915. She recalls life in the village and Budapest; attending boarding school in Budapest; marriage in 1937; the births of her sons in Novi Sad in 1938 and 1941; anti-Jewish measures; going to Budapest with her older son in 1942; learning her husband was killed in December; having her younger son brought to Budapest; German occupation; her arrest in Budapest (she never saw her mother and children again); transport to Kistarcsa, then Auschwitz; digging ditches in Birkenau; working in the Canada Kommando; assistance from a German officer at an I.G. Farben factory; sharing food with other prisoners; public hangings; the death march in January 1945; two weeks in Ravensbrück; camouflaging airplanes and digging trenches in Neustadt/Glewe; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. S. recounts traveling to Neubrandenburg; a circuitous trip to Budapest; her second marriage; the birth of two sons; leaving Hungary in April 1949; living in the Rothschild Hospital displaced persons camp in Vienna; and emigrating to the United States seven years later. Mrs. S. discusses the almost complete loss of her large family; and trips to Budapest with her husband.

Author/Creator
S., Cornelia, 1915-
Published
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1992
Interview Date
February 5, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Cornelia S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1949). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4285236
Record last modified: 2014-10-17 10:59:00
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