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Magda K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3048) interviewed by Robert Krell,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3048

Videotape testimony of Magda K., who was born in Miskolc in 1916. She recalls her family's affluence; her brother attending university in France due to Jewish quotas; marriage in 1939; moving to Heves; being warned of impending danger; believing they would not be harmed in Hungary; her husband's draft into a Hungarian forced labor battalion in 1940; her son's birth in 1942; deportation in May 1944; discarding valuables rather than giving them to the Germans; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; a prisoner telling her upon arrival to give her son to an older woman; reluctantly giving him to a woman she knew; constantly seeking her son; discovering her sister in an arriving transport; punishment for fasting on Yom Kippur; their transfer to Ravensbrück, Prenzlau, then Genshagen; slave labor in a Mercedes-Benz airplane factory; liberation by United States and Soviet troops; traveling to Budapest; learning her husband, father, and brother had survived; returning to Heves; moving to Budapest to escape painful memories; her daughter's birth in 1946; and emigration to Canada in 1956 due to antisemitism. Ms. K. discusses the importance to her survival of being with her sister; her guilt over giving her son away; and her daughter's problems as a child of survivors.

K., Magda, 1916-
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1983
Interview Date
October 5, 1983.
Miskolc (Hungary)
Heves (Hungary)
Budapest (Hungary)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Magda K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3048). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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