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Vida K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2783) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2783

Videotape testimony of Vida K., who lived in Thessalonikē, Greece. She recalls speaking Ladino and French; her father's death in 1936; marriage in 1938; her son's birth; the rabbi encouraging the Jews to cooperate with deportation orders; wanting to escape, but her husband's refusal; their round-up to the Baron de Hirsch quarter; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from her son and husband upon arrival (she never saw them again); a Blockälteste giving her a privileged assignment to the kitchen because she spoke French; assignment to Block 10; working with her friend Beinvenida M. in the clothing area; receiving injections from Dr. Carl Clauberg at least monthly as part of a specious medical experiment; transfer to Neustadt; a death march and train transport to Ravensbrück; French prisoners caring for her and others; liberation; transport to Brussels, then Athens; living with a nephew, then her employer; marriage; working in a Jewish school; her husband's death; and moving back to Thessalonikē. Ms. K. notes learning Greek after the war; her inability to have children due to the “experiments"; her continuing friendship with Bienvenida M.; and trying to forget her painful memories.

Author/Creator
K., Vida.
Published
Thessalonikē, Greece : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
May 31, 1993.
Language
Ladino
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Vida K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2783). 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/4288779
Record last modified: 2015-05-05 16:42:00
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