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Anna W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2022) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2022

Videotape testimony of Anna W. who was born in Hungary in 1938. She recounts events told to her by her mother, but does remember times of fear and terror. She tells of living on an estate; anti-Jewish regulations in 1939 resulting in their move to Budapest, then a rural vineyard in 1941; her father's conscription into a forced labor battalion; remaining with her mother and sisters; German occupation; being forced to return to Budapest in 1944; hiding with her mother and sisters in several places in the ghetto; their detection, arrest, and release; possessing false papers; her mother's arrest and deportation; frequent moves with her sisters under Hungarian guard; liberation; the return of her father and mother; her father's death shortly thereafter; living in Jewish orphanages; moving with her mother to a farm; hardships under Soviet rule; and emigration to the United States in 1957. Mrs. W. discusses posing as a non-Jew for eighteen years; her surprise that people lived openly as Jews in the United States; overcoming her shame and developing pride in her Jewish heritage; membership in a support group of child survivors; and beginning to share her experiences with her daughter. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
W., Anna, 1938-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
April 10, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Anna W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2022). 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/4286015
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 18:49:00
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