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Judith P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2548) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2548

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.

Author/Creator
P., Judith, 1925-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
March 8, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4287871
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