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Margo S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-605)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-605

Videotape testimony of Margo S., who was born in Debrecen, Hungary in approximately 1930, one of four children. She recounts antisemitic harassment; her brother's draft into a forced labor battalion; German invasion in 1944; anti-Jewish restrictions; ghettoization; her father's deportation; round-up to a brick factory; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her mother and sister; remaining with another sister; their separation; volunteering to move corpses to join her sister; their transfer to Allendorf; slave labor in a munitions factory; sabotaging a bomb so it would not detonate; a death march; abandonment by guards; liberation by United States troops; learning her father had not survived; living in Cham; marriage; her son's birth; emigration to the United States in 1948; her uncle giving her postcards from her father; and returning to Hungary to erect a gravestone for her grandmother and a monument for her relatives who had been killed. Ms. S. discusses pervasive painful memories and seldom sharing her experiences, particularly not with her children. She shows documents, objects, and photographs.

S., Margo, 1930?-
Greenwich, Conn. : Second Generation of Westchester, 1983
Interview Date
May 24, 1983.
Debrecen (Hungary)
Cham (Germany)
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
Margo S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-605). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.