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Květa M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3353) interviewed by Anna Lorencová

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3353

Videotape testimony of Květa M., who was born in Dvořiště, Czechoslovakia in 1920. She recounts her father's death in 1922; moving from their farm to Prague; her mother's marriage to a non-Jewish communist; joining the Communist Party in 1937; illegal political activities; German occupation; marriage to a non-Jew in 1939; arrest in August 1940; release in February due to her pregnancy; her mother's arrest as a hostage (she was released); her son's birth in March; arrest with her husband in February 1942; conviction for treason in April; transfer to Waldheim in May; transfer of the Jews to Auschwitz in spring 1943; privileged treatment as a political prisoner; women she had known previously helping each other; receiving packages and letters from her mother; learning her husband was divorcing her to protect their son from deportation; a death march in January; transport to Ravensbrück, then Zwodau; release in May 1945; staying in Sokolov; liberation by United States troops; transfer to a repatriation center in Cheb; returning to Prague; reunion with her mother and son; returning to school; and her teaching career. Ms. M. shows photographs.

Author/Creator
M., Květa, 1920-
Published
Prague, Czech Republic : Nadace Film & Sociologie, 1996
Interview Date
January 16, 1996.
Language
Czech
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Květa M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3353). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.