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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-279

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    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)
    Cite As
    Edith A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-279). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Simon, Doris, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    4 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 26 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hungarian occupation.
    Mutual aid.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

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