Vilma H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2056) interviewed by Lilian Sicular and Helen W. Silverman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- April 29, 1992.
- 2 copies: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Vilma H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2056). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Vilma H., who was born in Szollos, Czechoslovakia (presently Vynohradiv, Ukraine) in 1921. She recalls her family's comfortable life; Czechoslovakia's liberal atmosphere which resulted in their minimizing the danger of German antisemitism; Hungarian occupation; antisemitic restrictions; ghettoization; deportation with her family to Auschwitz; separation from her father, mother, sister, and niece (she never saw them again); assignment sorting clothing; providing friends with clothes; the pervasive odor of burning flesh; volunteering for transfer; forced labor in a Sudeten camp; abandonment by the guards in May 1945; traveling to a nearby village with another prisoner; staying with a Czech family; traveling to Budapest and Prague seeking surviving family (she was the only survivor); meeting her husband; traveling to London; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. H. discusses her wish in camp to be executed, thereby removing the option of suicide; her belief in camp that no one would survive; viewing their survival as a victory over Hitler; a woman who was ostracized after the war because she would do anything to survive; and being too preoccupied after liberation with rebuilding her life to properly mourn her family.