Veronika B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2173) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- September 21, 1992.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Veronika B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2173). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Veronika B., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1926. She recalls her family's affluence (they owned a large couture house); their assimilated lifestyle; attending gymnasium; vacationing in Czechoslovakia and Italy; German occupation in March 1944; confiscation of their business, apartment, and possessions (they received a receipt that she shows); entrusting family jewelry to non-Jewish friends; her brother's conscription for forced labor; moving to a safe house; forced labor with her parents in a workshop supplying custom-made clothing and shoes to the SS, their friends, and families; her father's escape when they were evacuated from Budapest; working in a similar workshop in Eberhart; translating for the SS; her mother's departure for Switzerland on the Kasztner train (there were only two spaces); transfer to Austria; liberation by the Austrian resistance; living on a farm; meeting her husband; moving to Salzburg; marriage; brief reunion with her mother (her brother and father also survived); receiving their jewelry and other possessions back; emigrating to the United States; and arranging for her parents and brother to join her. Ms. B. discusses never wanting to return to Hungary and her children's interest in her experiences. She shows photographs and documents.