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Edita S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3351) interviewed by Anna Lorencová,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3351

Videotape testimony of Edita S., who was born in Červený Kostelec, Czechoslovakia in 1920. She describes her assimilated and close, extended family; visits to her grandparents in Chcebuz; moving to Prague; marriage in 1940; following her husband to Theresienstadt in December 1941; a two-month transfer to Křivoklát, where conditions were better under Czech guards; return to Theresienstadt; obtaining cigarettes for her father; comforting her mother; her father's death in June 1944; her husband's deportation to Auschwitz that fall; volunteering to join him (she never saw her mother again); selections; transfer to Birnbäumel; slave labor, starvation, and frigid cold; sharing food with her friends; a death march; escaping with her friends; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Oleśnica; recuperating in an army hospital in Częstochowa; and traveling to Katowice, Ostrava, then Prague. Mrs. S. discusses the effect of camp conditions on her spirits; discomfort with people who were not in camps; learning her husband had perished; marriage to a survivor; their nightmares; continuing fears based on her camp experiences; and a trip to Auschwitz in 1994. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
S., Edita, 1920-
Published
Prague, Czech Republic : Nadace Film & Sociologie, 1996
Interview Date
January 15, 1996.
Locale
Czech Republic
Červený Kostelec (Czech Republic)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Křivoklát (Czech Republic)
Chcebuz (Czech Republic)
Oleśnica (Województwo Dolnośląskie, Poland)
Częstochowa (Poland)
Katowice (Poland)
Ostrava (Czech Republic)
Language
Czech
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Edita S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3351). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.