Hedwig H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2252) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- December 8, 1992.
- 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.
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