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Penina B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1959) interviewed by Bernice Blum and Lidya Osadchey,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1959

Videotape testimony of Penina B., who was born in Cluj, Romania in 1927. She recalls that her parents managed the ritual bathhouse; their orthodoxy; Hungarian occupation; forced relocation to a brick factory in April 1944; deportation to Auschwitz; remaining with her sisters after a selection (she never saw her parents again); transfer to Maehrisch Weisswasser six months later; slave labor in an armaments factory; helping each other; receiving aid from French prisoners; liberation by Soviet troops; assistance from the French prisoners in avoiding potential abuses by Soviet soldiers; returning to Cluj; joining a Zionist group; moving with one sister to a displaced persons camp in Salzburg; reunion with her brother; meeting her future husband, an American soldier; moving to Brivio, Italy; traveling by ship to Palestine; British detention in Cyprus; transfer to Palestine; reunion with her fiance; marriage; and emigrating to the United States in October 1947. Mrs. B. discusses the importance to her survival of being with her sisters and coping mechanisms to deal with her emotional scars. She shows family photographs.

B., Penina, 1927-
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1991
Interview Date
March 7, 1991.
Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
Brivio (Italy)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Penina B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1959). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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