Marie B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2880) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
- Interview Date
- April 4, 1994.
- 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.
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.