Klara K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2528) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Pam Goodman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- December 9, 1992.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Klara K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2528). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Klara K., who was born in Mukacheve, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1926, one of three children. She recounts her family's long history in Mukacheve; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; German occupation in 1944; her non-Jewish boyfriend's offer to hide her; declining so she could stay with her family; ghettoization; deportation to Auschwitz in May 1944; separation with her mother, aunt, and cousin from her father and brothers (one brother survived); a fellow prisoner giving birth (the infant was killed); a kapo protecting her and her mother; transfer to Altenburg in October 1944; slave labor in a munitions factory; helping her mother meet quotas; assistance from a German civilian worker when she was ill; a death march; liberation by United States troops in April 1945; traveling to Prague; recuperating with her mother in a sanitarium; reunion with one brother (her father and other brother had been killed); marriage to an American; and emigration to the United States in June 1946. Ms. K. discusses her mother's postwar depression; her continuing belief in God despite her experiences; never losing hope she would survive; residual fears based on her experiences; and inner sadness despite moments of happiness and laughter.