Madeleine H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2423) interviewed by Stephanie Hurst and Gillian Green Douek
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
- Interview Date
- April 28, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Madeleine H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2423). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Madeleine H., who was born in Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary in 1933. She recounts her brother's birth when she was eleven; attending a Jewish primary and public secondary school; her father's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; German invasion in March 1944; deportation with her grandmother, mother, and brother to the Szeged ghetto, then weeks later to Strasshof without her grandmother; observing a woman give birth; transfer to an Austrian slave labor camp; watching her brother while her mother worked; begging food from locals; discussing food with the other children; escaping with her mother and brother in April 1945; liberation by Soviet troops; walking to the Hungarian border, begging en route; assistance from the Joint in Budapest; returning to Hódmezővásárhely; a joyful reunion with her father; antisemitic harassment in school; observing survivors conduct a funeral for soap purportedly made from humans (a wartime myth) and reading survivor accounts; illegally leaving to emigrate to Israel in 1949; extreme homesickness; Hungary promising returnees amnesty; returning home; being forbidden to attend school; escaping again in 1956; living in France; learning from the Red Cross her parents and brother had escaped to Israel; studying in London; and meeting her husband there. Ms. H. notes her father never discussed his war experiences; feeling betrayed by Hungary; and sharing her experiences with her son. She shows photographs and documents.