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Edith A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-279) interviewed by Doris Simon,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-279

Videotape testimony of Edith A., who was born in Hungary in 1922. She recalls attending public school in Košice; participating in Maccabi; dating a lawyer (her future husband); Hungarian occupation in 1938; Jewish men being drafted for Hungarian slave labor battalions, including her brother-in-law (he did not return); assisting Jews fleeing from Poland; German invasion in March 1944; ghettoization with her family in a brick factory; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from her parents; staying with her sister; receiving sweaters from a friend; transfer to Bierzanow-Płaszów; hospitalization; slave labor; returning to Auschwitz after two months; a beating which permanently damaged her hearing; transfer to Oberalstadt in September; slave labor in a factory; rumors of German defeats from Australian and British POWs; she and her sister becoming sick; assistance from a prisoner doctor; liberation by Soviet troops; two months hospitalization in the Tatra Mountains; returning to Košice; crying for the first time in a year, realizing her parents had been killed; reunion with her boyfriend; marriage; adopting her husband's niece whose parents were killed; her sister's emigration to the United States in 1947; traveling to Prague; leaving in December 1949; living in Genoa; and joining her sister in 1951. Ms. A. discusses difficulties in the United States; her sister's marriage in 1960 and death a year later; her daughter's marriage; her son-in-law's death nine months later; traveling to Budapest and Italy to console their daughter; her remarriage; her own husband's death in 1981; telling her daughter of her adoption and the circumstances; her granddaughter's birth; poor health resulting from her experiences; applying for reparations; and the importance of survivors sharing their stories.

A., Edith, 1922-
Lawrence, N. Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1983
Interview Date
February 6, 1983.
Czech Republic
Košice (Slovakia)
Tatra Mountains (Slovakia and Poland)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Vienna (Austria)
Genoa (Italy)
Budapest (Hungary)
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
Edith A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-279). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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