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Hedwig H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2252) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2252

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    Videotape testimony of Hedwig H., who was born in Jibou, Romania in 1923. She recalls her prosperous and happy life in a close, extended family; increasing antisemitism; townspeople beating her father; Hungarian occupation; conscription of her eldest brother into a Hungarian forced labor battalion; deportation to Szomolya with her family in May 1944; being tortured by Hungarians to give up hidden valuables; transfer to Auschwitz; separation from her mother (she never saw her again) and two cousins; transfer to a labor camp in Rīga; beatings; transfer to another forced labor camp; transfer to Dundangen; reunion there with two cousins; a forced march to Libau; train transfer to Stutthof; sadistic guards; separation from one cousin (she never saw her again); transfer to a forced labor camp; joining a privileged Kommando headed by her father's former employee; attending a prisoner prayer group; the death march to Ravensbrück; escape from a death march with her cousin and a Russian prisoner; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Jibou via Czechoslovakia; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. H. discusses her postwar depression; the inability of Americans to understand her experiences; and her continuing loneliness resulting from the loss of her family
    Author/Creator
    H., Hedwig, 1923-
    Published
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
    Interview Date
    December 8, 1992.
    Locale
    Jibou (Romania)
    Romania
    Szomolya (Hungary)
    Cite As
    Hedwig H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2252). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Blum-Dobkin, Toby, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2copies; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 45 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Hungarian occupation.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4287087
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:40:00
    This page:
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