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Alice B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-344) interviewed by Doris Laden

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-344

Videotape testimony of Alice B., who was born in Hungary, the youngest of three children. She recounts her family's export business and their farm in the country; harassment by non-Jews; visiting a cousin in Budapest; her brother's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; completing high school; German invasion in March 1944; ghettoization; deportation with her family to Auschwitz-Birkenau; separation with her sister and cousins from their parents; reciting poetry, singing, and discussing their previous lives to raise their morale; her sister protecting her; their separation (she never saw her again) when Alice B. was selected for transfer to a labor camp; slave labor in a munitions factory; sabotaging the work; clearing rubble from the nearby town after Allied bombings; liberation from a death march by United States troops; assistance from the Red Cross; and working for the British occupying forces. Ms. B. discusses continuing nightmares and physical ailments resulting from her experiences and attributing her survival to the hope of going home, which she never did.

Author/Creator
B., Alice.
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
July 24, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Alice B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-344). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.