Bertha W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-608) interviewed by Rena Borau
- Greenwich, Conn. : Second Generation of Westchester, 1983
- Interview Date
- July 15, 1983.
- 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.
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.