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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.
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.