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Clara W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-277) interviewed by Frances Ganz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-277

Videotape testimony of Clara W., who was born in Csenger, Hungary in 1924, one of four children. She recalls a large, extended family and their orthodoxy; one aunt's emigration to the United States in 1938; deteriorating conditions for Jews after Kristallnacht; her brother's and brother-in-law's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; moving in with her married sister in another town; her brother's death notice in 1940; forced relocation in Mezőcsát; transfer to the Miskolc ghetto; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her sister and baby (they did not survive); transfer ten days later to Płaszów; slave labor; a severe beating; friends giving her extra food; transfer back to Auschwitz, then Augsburg; factory labor for seven months; French Christian prisoners providing war news which gave her hope; transfer to Mühldorf; train deportation six days later; a mass shooting of more than half the prisoners; an Allied bombing (she hid under the train); liberation from the train by United States troops in Feldafing; living in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; learning her immediate family had all perished; marriage; moving to Hamburg; and emigration to join her aunt in the United States. Ms. W. tells of illness after the war; her continuing belief in God; and frequently discussing her experiences with others, including her children.

Author/Creator
W., Clara, 1924-
Published
Lawrence, N. Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1982
Interview Date
November 30, 1982.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Clara W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-277). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.