Judith P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2548) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
- Interview Date
- March 8, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Judith P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2548). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Judith P., who was born in Nagyrozvágy, Hungary in 1925, the oldest of seven children. She recalls her affluent home; antisemitic laws; her father's conscription for forced labor; visiting him in a nearby camp; his release; refusing a Hungarian friend's offer of her papers in order to stay with her family; their deportation to the Sátoraljaújhely ghetto in April 1944, then to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from all her family except two sisters; sorting possessions of those gassed; finding her relatives' clothing; throwing jewelry and cash in latrines; difficult relations with Polish and Slovak Jews; watching those entering the gas chamber and bodies being burned in open pits; fasting on Yom Kippur; their transfer in September 1944 to Bergen-Belsen and in December to Braunschweig; slave labor; helping each other; one sister receiving food from a German soldier; torture of two Jehovah's Witnesses; train transport to Denmark in April 1945; liberation by the Red Cross; living in Österkorsberga, then Uppsala; reunion with her father in Budapest in 1948; emigration with one sister to the United States; and marriage. Mrs. P. discusses the inexplicability and randomness of surviving; nightmares; the importance of being with her sisters; and reluctance to burden her children with her experiences.