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Vera V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3136) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Helen Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3136

Videotape testimony of Vera V., who was born in Győr, Hungary in 1927. She recalls a sheltered childhood in a middle class family; increasing antisemitism after 1938; German occupation in 1944; her mother arranging to hide her and her cousin in a village with family friends; returning home with assistance from her governess after the family refused to hide them any longer; her father's and brother's draft into a forced labor battalion; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; assistance from a Slovakian kapo (she was from the same town as her mother); transfer with her mother to Ravensbrück, then a Siemens factory in Neustadt; disappearance of a woman who gave birth; assistance from a German guard; a death march toward Czechoslovakia; disappearance of the guards; liberation by United States troops; walking to Domousice; traveling by train to Prague, then Győr; and reunion with her father and brother. Mrs. V. recounts attending medical school; marriage to another physician; her sons' births; and emigration to the United States in 1968. She discusses the importance of her mother's help; reluctance to share her experiences with her children; and a dream of not being able to leave Hungary with her children.

Author/Creator
V., Vera, 1927-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
October 19, 1995.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Vera V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3136). 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/4290707
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