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Edith B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2069) interviewed by Brenda Stiefel and Barbara Stimmel,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2069

Videotape testimony of Edith B., who was born in Koňuš, Czechoslovakia in 1923. She remembers Hungarian occupation; deportation to Ungvar, then Auschwitz in May 1944; separation from her family (she later learned her brother and father were alive in the male barracks); transfer to Frankfurt; forced labor; taunting of the prisoners because of their Yom Kippur prayers; starvation; a beating for smuggling food; a German guard allowing her to rest during work until she recovered her strength; transfer to Ravensbrück in December 1944; working at a Siemens factory; being saved from death by non-Jewish hospital staff; liberation by Soviet troops from a death march near Berlin; moving to the American zone; staying at a displaced persons camp; traveling to Prague; reunion with her brother; returning to Koňuš; learning no other family had survived; marriage; emigration to Canada, then the United States; her son's birth; the death of her husband; remarriage; and her second son's birth. Mrs. B. discusses recurring nightmares; her children restoring her belief in God; sharing her experiences with them; and her brother's reluctance to share his experiences. She shows her father's photograph, which was saved by a non-Jewish neighbor.

B., Edith, 1923-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
April 26, 1992.
Prague (Czech Republic)
Koňuš (Slovakia)
Uz︠h︡horod (Ukraine)
2 copies: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Edith B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2069). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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