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Goldie M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2021) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2021

Videotape testimony of Goldie M., who was born in Czechoslovakia in 1920. She recalls her observant home; a small Jewish community; living with her aunt in Abaújvár; attending school; her mother's death; meeting her future husband; Hungarian occupation; confiscation of Jewish property; conscription of men for forced labor battalions; ghettoization near Mukacheve in 1944; forced labor; cruel guards; deportation with relatives to Auschwitz/Birkenau; a child's sadistic murder upon leaving the trains; separation from her relatives, except one cousin; appels, starvation, and forced labor; burying a prisoner's newborn baby; briefly seeing her brother; public hanging of an escapee; smuggling her cousin into her group, which had been selected for leaving; transfer to Malki-Malken, then Ravensbrück in December 1944; slave labor in a munitions factory; liberation by Soviet troops; returning with her cousin to Abaújvár; reunion with her future husband (he was in the Soviet military); learning her brothers and one sister had survived (her father was killed); marriage; living in Prague; the births of two children; and emigration to the United States via France in 1948. Mrs. M. relates the births of five more children; sending their children to yeshivot; and recently visiting her hometown. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
M., Goldie, 1920-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
April 2, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Goldie M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2021). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.