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Vilma H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2056) interviewed by Lilian Sicular and Helen W. Silverman,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2056

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    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.
    Author/Creator
    H., Vilma, 1921-
    Published
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
    Interview Date
    April 29, 1992.
    Locale
    Vynohradiv (Ukraine)
    Czechoslovakia
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    London (England)
    Cite As
    Vilma H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2056). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Sicular, Lilian, interviewer.
    Silverman, Helen W., interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecoding (1 hr., 29 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hungarian occupation.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4286103
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:28:00
    This page:
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