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Anna B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3684) interviewed by Pavol Salamon

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3684

Videotape testimony of Anna B., who was born in Sobrance, Czechoslovakia in 1928, the oldest of three children. She recalls cordial relations with non-Jews; Hungarian occupation; German invasion in 1944; her mother's non-Jewish friend offering to hide her (she would not leave her parents); their deportation to the Uz︠h︡horod ghetto., then to Auschwitz six weeks later; separation from her family; being used for so-called medical experiments; transfer to Stolp; horrific slave labor laying railroad track and digging bunkers; public hanging of nine boys for taking cigarettes; transfer to Rīga, then Stutthof; losing her will to live; being placed on a cargo ship in Gdańsk; bombardment by the British (all but ninety perished); being taken to Kiel; saving a friend who had been burned; liberation; her friend assisting her in the hospital in Lübeck; repatriation to Bratislava, then Sobrance; reunion with her father (no one else survived); marriage; and living in Košice. Mrs. B. discusses prisoner group relations in the camps; continuing good relations with non-Jews; visiting Auschwitz and other camps; sharing her experiences with her son; and her pervasive sense of loss and sad memories.

Author/Creator
B., Anna, 1928-
Published
Košice, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
May 14, 1995.
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Anna B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3684). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.