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Jolan K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2049) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2049

Videotape testimony of Jolan K., who was born in Czechoslovakia in 1921. She recalls Hungarian occupation; her father's and three brothers' conscription into a forced labor battalion; traveling from Solotvyno to Munkács (Mukacheve) to arrange her father's release; traveling to Košice and Uz︠h︡horod to arrange one brother's release; learning her other two brothers had been killed; ghettoization; help from the town's mayor obtaining food for the ghetto; deportation with her parents and two brothers to Auschwitz in 1944; separation from her family (she never saw her mother again); transfer to another camp; slave labor; a death march in January 1945 to several camps, including Theresienstadt and Buchenwald; help from their Wehrmacht guards; German civilians refusing them food when they learned they were Jewish; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; liberation in April 1945; hospitalization; traveling to Prague; assistance from the Joint; traveling to Budapest; reunion with two brothers; moving to Sighet; traveling with her future husband to Timișoara and Prague; moving to Bamberg displaced persons camp with Beriḥah's help; and attending an ORT school. Mrs. K. discusses the reluctance of others to hear about her experience; her resulting reticence; and the pervasive presence of her memories.

Author/Creator
K., Jolan, 1921-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
May 27, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jolan K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2049). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.