Agatha B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3059) interviewed by Meredith Coval
- Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1984
- Interview Date
- March 14, 1984.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Agatha B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3059). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Agatha B., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1932. She recalls her close, extended family; attending English school; German occupation in March 1944; her family moving into a building designated for Jews; her parents' deportations (she was left alone with her younger sister); assistance from Jewish and non-Jewish neighbors; postcards from her father; refusing to convert or to leave their home with an aunt (she wanted her parents to be able to find them); a mass killing including her aunt; her parents' return in September after their escape from deportation trains; hiding during round-ups; moving to a Swedish safe house in October; avoiding deportation with assistance from a German official; and liberation by Soviet troops in December. Mrs. B. recounts her mother saving a baby during one of the round-ups; fleeing to Vienna with her mother and sister in 1946; missing their father; returning to Budapest; marriage in March 1956; escaping to Vienna with her family in December; and their emigration to Canada. She discusses her continuing fears and nightmares due to her experiences; sharing her story with her children; and the importance of relationships rather than material things.