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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.
Locale
Czechoslovakia
Mukacheve (Ukraine)
Solotvyno (Ukraine)
Košice (Slovakia)
Uz︠h︡horod (Ukraine)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Budapest (Hungary)
Timiṣoara (Romania)
Sighet (Romania)
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.