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Erika M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2932) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2932

Videotape testimony of Erika M., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1932. She recalls her happy, observant and prosperous life in a close, extended family; attending Jewish school; hearing discussions of the situation in Vienna (her grandmother lived there); the outbreak of war; harboring Polish Jewish refugees; round-ups of non-Hungarian Jews; her father's conscription into a forced labor battalion; German occupation in March 1944; anti-Jewish measures, including the yellow star; moving with her parents into her grandmother's apartment, a Jewish-designated house; her grandfather's arrest (she never saw him again); her family's incarceration with other Jews in a synagogue; fear that they would be shot; their release; staying in a Swedish safe house with her mother; having to leave her maternal grandmother there (she died); hiding elsewhere with her parents; Arrow Cross searches; moving to another hiding place; liberation by Soviet troops; her paternal grandmother's death from typhus; returning to their former apartment; attending school and university; marriage; the 1956 Hungarian Revolution; illegally entering Austria with her husband; their emigration to the United States; and her parents' deaths. Mrs. M. notes she feels both lucky and guilty to have survived.

Author/Creator
M., Erika, 1932-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
March 24, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Erika M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2932). 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/4289311
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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