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Martha S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2229) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2229

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Martha S., who was born in Užhorod, Czechoslovakia in 1919. She recalls her affluent, orthodox home; one sister's emigration to the United States in 1937; her non-Jewish boyfriend; being fired in 1942 because she was Jewish; her father's death; German occupation; refusing to leave her mother to hide with her boyfriend; deportation to Auschwitz in 1944; separation from her mother (she never saw her again); transfer to Dundangen three days later; working in the kitchen; supplying food to friends; escape with a male prisoner; their capture and imprisonment; benign conditions compared to camp; transfer to Stutthof; public hangings of prisoners who stole food; receiving food from a friend when she was ill; transfer to another camp; burying corpses; a death march; liberation near Danzig by Soviet troops in March 1945; being protected by a friend from Stutthof; hospitalization; returning to Užhorod via Bydgoszcz; staying with her cousin; meeting her future husband; moving to Prague; contact from her American sister through the Red Cross; traveling to Paris with her sister; emigration to the United States in 1947; and marriage. Mrs. S. attributes her survival to luck and believes she has repressed her worst memories. She shows photographs.
    Author/Creator
    S., Martha, 1919-
    Published
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
    Interview Date
    November 10, 1992.
    Locale
    Uz︠h︡horod (Ukraine)
    Czechoslovakia
    Gdańsk (Poland)
    Bydgoszcz (Poland)
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Paris (France)
    Cite As
    Martha S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2229). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Blinderman, Joni-Sue, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 47 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Mutual aid.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4286808
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:27:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt4286808

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