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Bertha W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-608) interviewed by Rena Borau

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-608

Videotape testimony of Bertha W., one of ten children, who grew up in Mukacheve (presently Ukraine). She recalls her family's orthodoxy; attending a Hungarian school; their move to a mixed neighborhood in 1918; cordial relations with non-Jews during the Czech period; Hungarian occupation; the draft of three brothers into Hungarian slave labor battalions (another had emigrated to France); her father's death in 1941, and her mother's in 1943; ghettoization with her sisters in a brick factory for one week; deportation with one sister to Auschwitz in spring 1944; slave labor in a chemical factory; the arrival of another sister; sharing food with her; her selection for death; transfer with her other sister to Lenzing; a kitchen worker sharing extra food; liberation; traveling to Prague; learning one brother was dead; reunion with another brother who had been in the Soviet army; marriage to a survivor; moving to Heidenheim displaced persons camp; the births of two children; emigrating to the United States in 1949; and her sister's emigration to Australia. Ms. W. discusses sharing her experiences with her children; nightmares resulting from her experiences; and the impossibility of portraying the Holocaust in movies.

Author/Creator
W., Bertha.
Published
Greenwich, Conn. : Second Generation of Westchester, 1983
Interview Date
July 15, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
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
Bertha W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-608). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4294073
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:40:00
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