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Rivka B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2881) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman and J. Eden

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2881

Videotape testimony of Rivka B., who was born in Volové, Czechoslovakia (presently Miz︠h︡hirʹi︠a︡, Ukraine) in 1919. She recalls her family's orthodoxy; her mother's death and father's remarriage; attending gymnasium in Munkacs; membership in Hashomer Hatzair; Hungarian occupation; passing Hungarian matriculation exams; moving to Budapest in 1941; German occupation in March 1944; briefly staying in Göd with a former employer; returning to Budapest; marriage during her fiancé's brief release from a forced labor battalion; obtaining Swedish protection papers from Raul Wallenberg's office; witnessing a mass killing of Jews at the Danube and selections and killings by the Arrow Cross Party (Nyilas); staying in a Swedish safe house; briefly joining a work unit; staying with a Hungarian family outside Budapest; returning to the Swedish protection area; liberation by Soviet troops; reunion with her husband; moving to Arad; her son's birth; forced repatriation to Hungary; and economic difficulties. Mrs. B. discusses isolation from anyone in the west until the revolt in 1956; her career as a professor of Russian literature; and her son's emigration to the United States due to antisemitism.

Author/Creator
B., Rivka, 1919-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
March 22, 1994.
Language
Hungarian
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rivka B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2881). 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/4289081
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