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Magda S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2685) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2685

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.

Author/Creator
S., Magda, 1928-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
September 29, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
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.