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Munci K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-503) interviewed by Sidney Elsner

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-503

Videotape testimony of Munci K., who was born in Rakhiv, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine), one of four sisters. She recounts her family's orthodoxy; attending a Czech school; her mother's death; working as a dressmaker; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; her father's six-month service in a Hungarian slave labor battalion; deportation with her family to the Mátészalka ghetto, then Auschwitz; remaining with one sister (she never saw the others again); their transfer to Geislingen three months later; French prisoners sharing food with them; an SS man providing food because she sewed for him; brief hospitalization; transfer to Dachau seven months later, then to Allach after a few hours; losing hope of surviving; finding an uncle who died shortly thereafter; the trauma of seeing truckloads of corpses, an image that still stays with her; liberation by United States troops; many deaths resulting from soldiers sharing their rations; traveling to Prague, then Budapest, with her sister; locating cousins with assistance from the Joint; living with two uncles in Sighet; returning to Rakhiv, hoping to find her father; traveling alone to Bucharest; meeting her future husband; her sister's emigration to Palestine; returning to Sighet; marriage; and emigration to the United States in 1964, via Vienna and Genoa with assistance from HIAS. Ms. K. discusses physical ailments and continuing nightmares resulting from her experiences, and not sharing her story with her children.

Author/Creator
K., Munci.
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
September 5, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Munci K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-503). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.