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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2252

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.
Language
English
Copies
2copies; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hedwig H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2252). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4287087
Record last modified: 2015-05-12 12:57:00
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