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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.
Siedlce (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
Spišská Stará Ves (Slovakia)
Košice (Slovakia)
Mukacheve (Ukraine)
Budapest (Hungary)
Zurich (Switzerland)
Geneva (Switzerland)
Paris (France)
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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