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Marie B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2880) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2880

Videotape testimony of Marie B., who was born in Kuchava, Czechoslovakia in 1926, one of seven children. She recounts her father's death when she was three; attending school in Kuzʹmino and Mukachevo; Hungarian occupation in 1939; anti-Jewish restrictions; forced relocation with her family to the Munkács ghetto during Passover 1944; deportation to Auschwitz in May; separation from her mother upon arrival; transfer with her sisters and aunt to Birkenau; sorting deportees' possessions in Canada Kommando, which provided them with extra food and a close view of the gas chambers and crematoria; sharing food with her sisters and aunt; the Sonderkommando revolt; a death march to Gleiwitz, followed by their transport to Ravensbrück; slave labor at an airplane factory in Neustadt-Glewe; assistance from a German foreman and French POWs; and liberation by United States troops. Mrs. B. describes their journey home via Prague; marriage in 1948; escaping to Israel in 1966; and emigration from Germany to the United States in 1969. She discusses the importance to her survival of being with her relatives; relations among prisoners in the camps; her reluctance to share her experiences with her children; and loss of belief in God after the war.

Author/Creator
B., Marie, 1926-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
April 4, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Marie B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2880). 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/4289079
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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