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Elizabeth K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2916) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2916

Videotape testimony of Elizabeth K., who was born in Munkacs, Czechoslovakia (presently Mukacheve, Ukraine) in 1917, one of four children in an affluent family. She recalls marriage in 1942; her husband's deportation six months later for forced labor (she never saw him again); her son's birth six months after that; German occupation in 1944; ghettoization in Sátoraljaújhely; deportation to Auschwitz; being forced to hand her son to her mother at the selection (she never saw them again); transfer to Płaszów the next day; seeing trucks of people pass by, then hearing them being shot; slave labor moving stones; torturous appels; transfer to Auschwitz in November; being taken to the gas chambers, then returned to her barrack by the SS; transfer to Grünberg; the death march to Bergen-Belsen; losing consciousness; a Belgian doctor removing her from a pile of corpses after liberation; receiving help from UNRRA; convalescing in Malmö, Sweden; learning a brother and sister had survived; marriage in 1948; her son's birth in Paris; emigration to Israel in 1953; and moving to the United States in 1960. Mrs. K. notes marital problems and her third marriage in 1962. She shows family photographs.

Author/Creator
K., Elizabeth, 1917-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
May 10, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Elizabeth K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2916). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.