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Katherine A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2024) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2024

Videotape testimony of Katherine A., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1915. She recalls attending college in Grenoble and Paris due to antisemitic restrictions in Hungary; returning to visit her parents on September 1, 1939; not being able to leave due to the outbreak of war; organizing a French culture club; participating in a theater troupe; marriage in 1941; her husband's service in a Hungarian slave labor battalion beginning in April 1942 (she never saw him again); teaching Hungarian to the Swiss ambassador and his family; German occupation in March 1944; receiving protection from the Swiss ambassador; the Swiss consul, Carl Lutz, inviting her to live at the consulate; Miklós Krausz, the Palestine representative, and his wife also living there; reproducing thousands of passports with assistance from George Mantello, first secretary of the El Salvador consulate, which were distributed to Jews by Zionists; a non-Jewish friend warning her in November of her parents' imminent deportation; Lutz allowing them to join her; liberation by Soviet troops; learning her husband was killed; emigration to Paris in 1947, then the United States in 1949; marriage; and her parents joining her in 1950. Mrs. A. shows photographs and documents.

A., Katherine, 1915-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
March 26, 1992.
Budapest (Hungary)
Grenoble (France)
Paris (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Katherine A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2024). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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