Katherine A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2024) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- March 26, 1992.
- 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.
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.