Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research

Login

Register

Help

Skip to main content

Bienvenida M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2785) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2785

Videotape testimony of Bienvenida M., who was born in Thessalonikē, Greece in 1918, one of five children. She recalls her family's poverty; their orthodoxy; her father's death; never attending school (she worked to help support her family); German invasion; anti-Jewish measures; ghettoization; deportation with her family to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her mother, siblings, and their children (she never saw them again); slave labor demolishing nearby houses; learning of the gas chambers and crematoria; wishing for death; transfer after nine months to block 10 for specious medical experiments; painful uterine injections by Dr. Carl Clauberg; public hanging of a Jewish prisoner doctor who had helped them; transfer eight months later to a sewing commando; liberation from a death march by Soviet troops; transport to Brussels; return to Thessalonikē; reunion with her husband and younger brother (they both survived Birkenau); and the birth of a child after receiving medical treatment.

Author/Creator
M., Bienvenida, 1918-
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
Bienvenida M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2785). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.