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Berta F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3033) interviewed by Bob Gallagher

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3033

Videotape testimony of Berta F., who was born in Romania to a family of seven children. She recalls her father going to Belgium in 1939; his incarceration as a refugee (she never saw him again); her older brother's forced service in a Hungarian labor battalion; ghettoization in 1944; deportation with her siblings to Auschwitz in May (she never saw her mother again); separation from her siblings upon arrival (she never saw them again); digging ditches; transfer to Mittelsteine in November 1944; forced labor in an airplane factory; becoming a "lager sister" to four other prisoners; assistance from a German foreman and an SS woman; liberation; living with a Czech family; assistance from the Joint in Budapest; returning home; learning only two cousins had survived; fleeing to Germany; marriage in a displaced persons camp; and emigration to Canada four years later. She discusses the importance of friendship to her survival and emotional numbness in the camps.

Author/Creator
F., Berta.
Published
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1983
Interview Date
April 13, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Berta F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3033). 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/4290112
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 19:27:00
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