Margareta P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2706) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
- Interview Date
- November 18, 1993.
- 2 copies:3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Margareta P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2706). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Margareta P., who was born in Sighet, Romania in 1925. She describes being spoiled as the youngest of seven children; warm relations with her close family; Hungarian occupation in 1940; anti-Jewish restrictions; German occupation in March 1944; hiding money and valuables with a non-Jewish friend; ghettoization; her friend bringing them food; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her parents; learning about the extermination process; receiving help from her sister; a prisoner giving birth in their barrack; transfer to Gross-Rosen in October 1944; slave labor digging anti-tank ditches; a death march in February 1945; digging a mass grave for prisoners who had been killed; escaping with her sister; hiding in a barn; being returned; convincing the Germans they were Romanian forced laborers; their release; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Chernivt︠s︡i, then Minsk; returning to Sighet in August 1945; reunion with her father, brother, and two brothers-in-law; and receiving their possessions back from her friend. Mrs. P. recalls marriage in 1949; her father's death in 1953; the births of two children; emigration to the United States with assistance from HIAS; and gradually sharing her experiences with her children as they grew older. She shows photographs.