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Magda G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2683) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2683

Videotape testimony of Magda G., who was born in Nizhniye Vorota, Czechoslovakia in 1930. She recalls moving to Prešov and Solova; attending Czech and Hebrew schools; her family's observant life and participation in Zionist organizations; her father's death in 1935 and her mother's in 1939; Hungarian occupation in 1939; antisemitic measures; marriage in 1942; deportation to Munkacs in 1944 with her husband, sister, two brothers, and their families; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her husband and siblings; finding her husband's nieces and remaining with them; working in Canada Kommando; finding food and jewelry; sabotaging clothing intended for use in Germany; learning about the crematoria; train transport to Ravensbrück in January 1945; extreme overcrowding; transfer to Malchow; a death march; abandonment by the guards; staying in a house near Grimma with others from her town, then in a Red Cross camp; traveling to Prague; reunion with her husband who was in the Czech Army (her siblings and their families did not survive); and emigration to the United States in 1946. Mrs. G. discusses the importance to her survival of being with her nieces; the burden of her pervasive memories; and a recent, painful hometown visit with her children. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
G., Magda, 1920-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
September 22, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Magda G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2683). 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/4288625
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 19:10:00
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