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Jolan W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2577) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2577

Videotape testimony of Jolan W., who was born in Senec, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1921, one of seven children. She recalls her orthodox family's affluence; her father's death when she was twelve; attending high school in Bratislava; biannual family reunions in Dunajská Streda at her maternal grandparents' home; her mother sending her and her sisters to join a brother in Budapest after the war began; her other brothers being sent later (she never saw her mother again); marriage in 1942; conscription of her husband and brother for forced labor; their return; hiding to avoid ghettoization; acquiring papers as a non-Jew; living with a non-Jewish woman and her sisters-in-law; visiting her sister in the ghetto; her husband living in a Wallenberg safe house; smuggling him food; witnessing the mass shooting of Jews at the Danube; working with her sister-in-law in a boot factory; liberation by Soviet troops; reunion with her husband and siblings; moving to Debrecen; returning to Budapest; the births of two children; her husband's death in 1953; fleeing to Vienna, Linz, then Salzburg during the 1956 revolution; assistance from HIAS; emigration to the United States with assistance from her husband's family, and her second marriage. Ms. W. notes all of her siblings survived. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
W., Jolan, 1921-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
March 24, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jolan W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2577). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.