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Hedy P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2938) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2938

Videotape testimony of Hedy P., who was born in Sevluš, Czechoslovakia (presently Vynohradiv, Ukraine) in 1927. Mrs. P. recalls her happy and observant childhood; Hungarian occupation in March 1939; first experiencing antisemitism; her mother's death; German occupation in March 1944; ghettoization; a Hungarian friend's offer to hide her; choosing to remain with her family; receiving food from her friend; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from her father, brother, and younger sister (she did not survive); remaining with her older sister; establishing contact with their brother; help from kapos and veteran prisoners; the death march in January 1945; a German soldier giving them food and money; arrival at Ravensbrück; transfer to Neustadt/Glewe; liberation by United States troops; detention by Soviets in Prenzlau; their escape to Berlin; moving to Hannover; learning their brother was alive (their father was not); traveling to Prague; marriage; her brother's and sister's emigration to Palestine; her daughter's birth; and emigration to Israel in 1949, then Canada in 1952. Mrs. P. vividly details episodes in the camps, her state of mind, and intergroup relations. She discusses aversion to dental drilling (the smell recalls burning flesh in Auschwitz); visiting Auschwitz recently; and sharing her story with her daughter. She shows many photographs.

Author/Creator
P., Hedy, 1927-
Published
New York, N. Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
May 9, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hedy P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2938). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.