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Frances H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3087) interviewed by Robert Krell

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3087

Videotape testimony of Frances H., who was born in Hungary in 1918. She recalls her childhood in Mohács; not attending university due to anti-Jewish quotas; moving to Budapest with her family in 1935; marriage; her brother, father, and husband being drafted into Hungarian forced labor battalions; learning of her brother's death in 1943; German invasion; traveling with her mother to join her father-in-law per her husband's instructions; their arrest; incarceration in Kistarcsa; psychological devastation when her mother had to undress in front of young policemen; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau at the end of April (she never saw her mother again); the stench of burning flesh; transfer to Reichenau; good relations with young Polish prisoners; receiving extra food from a German woman to share with a friend; liberation in May 1945; returning to Budapest; reunion with her father, then her husband; aborting pregnancies because she was not strong enough physically or psychologically; her daughter's birth in 1948; emigration to Israel; leaving due to illness; living in Italy, Barcelona, and Paris; and emigration to Canada. Ms. H. discusses her daughter's protective behavior toward her; continuing pervasive fears; and ongoing friendship with her concentration camp friend.

Author/Creator
H., Frances, 1918-
Published
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1990
Interview Date
January 24, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Frances H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3087). 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/4290501
Record last modified: 2014-10-17 11:03:00
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