Erika A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2772) interviewed by Jaša Almuli
- Thessalonikē, Greece : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
- Interview Date
- June 3, 1993.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Erika A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2772). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Erika A., who was born in Thessalonikē, Greece in 1926. She recalls cordial relations with non-Jews; attending school; German occupation; ghettoization; her father refusing a non-Jewish friend's offer to hide her and her brother; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in March 1943; assignment to privileged positions for her, her parents, and brother because they spoke German; working with her mother in the main office; hospitalization for typhus; a prisoner doctor assisting her avoid selections; resuming work with her mother; an SS officer giving her food and informing her father that she and her mother were alive; the pervasive odor of burning flesh; a death march in January 1945 to Gross-Rosen; transfer to Ravensbrück, then a sub-camp; assignment to the camp kitchen; smuggling food to share with others; escaping from the evacuation with her mother and a friend; hiding in a forest with prisoners of war; liberation by Soviet troops on May 5, 1945; their return to Thessalonikē via Belgrade; reunion with her father and brother; and re-establishing their home and business with help from non-Jews.