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Klara K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2528) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Pam Goodman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2528

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.

K., Klara, 1926-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
December 9, 1992.
Prague (Czech Republic)
Mukacheve (Ukraine)
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.