Anna B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3684) interviewed by Pavol Salamon
- Košice, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
- Interview Date
- May 14, 1995.
- 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.
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.