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Catheryne M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2231) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2231

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Catheryne M., who was born in Vrútky, Czechoslovakia in 1928. She recalls cordial relations with non-Jews; her family's move to Ružomberok; ostracizism by non-Jewish students; their move to Hungarian-occupied Sobrance; attending a Jewish school in Uz︠h︡horod; German occupation in 1944; confiscation of her father's pharmacy; incarceration in a brick factory; the humiliation of a strip search by Hungarian soldiers; deportation to Auschwitz; remaining with her mother, sister, and aunt; learning about extermination; receiving extra food from an acquaintance; helping her mother during excruciating long appels; separation from her mother and sister (she never saw them again); transfer to a labor camp in October 1944; slave labor digging tank pits; separation from her aunt during the death march to Bergen-Belsen; attempts to stay clean; liberation by British troops; traveling to Sobrance via Budapest; reunion with her aunt (she had hidden after escaping the death march); futile efforts to find other relatives; traveling with her aunt to Badgastein displaced persons camp; using false papers to enter Italy; and emigration to Canada, then the United States. Mrs. M. discusses the horror of the transports and her resulting fear of trains; relations among prisoners; and her ever-present sense of loss. She shows photographs and documents.
    Author/Creator
    M., Catheryne, 1928-
    Published
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage Video History Project, 1992
    Interview Date
    November 17, 1992.
    Locale
    Czechoslovakia
    Vrútky (Slovakia)
    Ružomberok (Slovakia)
    Uz︠h︡horod (Ukraine)
    Sobrance (Slovakia)
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Canada
    Italy
    Cite As
    Catheryne M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2231). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rappaport, Naomi, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 46 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Mutual aid.
    Child survivors.
    Hungarian occupation.
    False papers.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4286816
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:54:00
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