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Peska F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2905) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2905

Videotape testimony of Peska F., who was born in Siedlce, Poland in 1920. She recalls a happy, affluent childhood; her father's death in 1930; moving to Warsaw with her mother and siblings; attending school in Kraków; German invasion; ghettoization in Warsaw; the Judenrat providing resources for her mother to organize a soup kitchen; being overwhelmed by the surrounding suffering; celebrating Rosh ha-Shanah; her brother's resistance activities (he died in the ghetto uprising); escaping with assistance from a family friend; her mother's parting words (she never saw her again); hiding with a Christian family in Altendorf (Spišská Stará Ves); entering Hungary in 1941; staying with her future husband's aunt in Košice; joining her brother's family in Munkacs; obtaining Hungarian papers; living in Budapest; leaving on the Kasztner train; arrival in Bergen-Belsen; camp life among the Kasztner Jews; traveling to Switzerland in December 1944; working in Cully; living in Zurich and Geneva; joining her sister's family in Israel; marriage in Paris; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. F discusses her reluctance to burden her children with her experiences and fulfilling her promise to her mother to write a book about what happened.

F., Peska, 1920-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
February 22, 1994.
2 copies: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Peska F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2905). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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