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Erika A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2772) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2772

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.

Author/Creator
A., Erika, 1926-
Published
Thessalonikē, Greece : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
June 3, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4288764
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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