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Vera M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3357) interviewed by Anna Hyndráková

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3357

Videotape testimony of Vera M., who was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in April 1920. She recalls her assimilated childhood in Proseč; attending school in Vysoké Mýto; antisemitic incidents; transfering to schools in Prague, then Jeseník; anti-Jewish restrictions, including her father's expulsion from a club and expropriation of their house in 1939; living in Prague with her sister; marriage in October 1941; her husband's deportation to Theresienstadt in December; voluntarily following him ten days later; sharing food; forced labor; sham improvements for a Red Cross visit; her parents' and sister's arrival in December 1942; their deportation to Auschwitz in December 1943; her mother's letter warning her not to leave Theresienstadt; volunteering to accompany her husband to Auschwitz; their separation upon arrival; random killings; transfer with her aunt to a munitions factory in Freiberg; sabotaging production; her aunt and others assisting her when she was in the infirmary; train evacuation in April 1945; a childbirth on the train; receiving food from bystanders in Klatovy; arrival at Mauthausen; and liberation by United States troops. Mrs. M. recounts transport to České Budějovice, then Prague with her aunt in May 1945; living in Proseč; learning her husband and family had perished; and marriage in Prague in June 1946. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
M., Vera, 1920-
Published
Prague, Czech Republic : Nadace Film & Sociologie, 1996
Interview Date
January 22, 1996.
Language
Czech
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Vera M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3357). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.