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Edith S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-470) interviewed by Michael Greenwald

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-470

Videotape testimony of Edith S., who was born in Solotvyno, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1925, one of two daughters. She recounts her family's orthodoxy; attending Hebrew school; antisemitic harassment; her father's draft into the Czech military; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; her father's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; his return in 1943; her parents' arrest; ghettoization; her parents' return (her father had been tortured); her parents' re-arrest; her mother's return; bringing her father food (she never saw him again); deportation with her mother and sister to Auschwitz; separation from them (she never saw them again); losing hope; an aunt finding her; moving to her barrack; her aunt forcing her to eat; transfer three weeks later to Frankfurt; slave labor constructing roads and airplane hangers; Allied bombings; a death march to Ravensbrück; transfer to another camp two weeks later; slave labor in a munitions factory; improved conditions; transfer to a knitting factory in Jablonec nad Jizerou; liberation; hospitalization in Prague; assistance from the Joint; returning to Solotvyno; and learning her immediate family had been killed. Ms. S. notes losing her belief in God during the war, but regaining it; marriage to a survivor; and the births of her three daughters.

Author/Creator
S., Edith, 1925-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
August 22, 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
Edith S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-470). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.