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Margareta P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2706) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2706

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.

Author/Creator
P., Margareta, 1925-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
November 18, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4288684
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 19:12:00
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