Magda S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2685) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
- Interview Date
- September 29, 1993.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Magda S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2685). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Magda S., who was born in Pavlovo, Slovakia in 1928, one of six children. She recalls her family's orthodoxy; moving to Svali︠a︡va; a close and large extended family; two brothers dying from illnesses; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions, including rejection from high school; German occupation in spring 1944; forced relocation to a brick factory in Mukacheve; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her immediate family; slave labor with several cousins in Canada Kommando; smuggling clothing and food they found to friends; the Sonderkommando uprising; a death march in January 1945; transport to Ravensbrück, Malchow, then Leipzig; slave labor in a munitions factory; a death march in April; abandonment by guards in Grimma; arrival of Soviet troops; repatriation by the Red Cross to Prague with her friends and cousins; reunion with a brother; returning home; traveling illegally to Germany with her brother and friends; living in Weissenberg and Regensberg displaced persons camps; emigration to the United States in January 1948; marriage to a survivor; and the births of three children. Ms. S. discusses the importance to her survival of belonging to a mutually supportive group in concentration camps; not sharing her experiences for many years; and recently visiting Svali︠a︡va with her husband and daughter. She shows photographs.