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Martha H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-674) interviewed by Syd Mandelbaum,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-674

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    Videotape testimony of Martha H., who was born in Vilmány, Hungary in 1927. She recalls about fifty Jewish people living there; commuting to a Catholic school in Abaújszántó at age ten; attending a boarding school in Budapest in 1943; German invasion in March 1944; hearing from home for a short time; forced labor with friends clearing bombing rubble; hiding briefly in a basement; being rounded-up; escaping with her friends; a Jewish agency placing them in a Swedish safe house; disbanding of the house when it became too dangerous; receiving false papers; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Hatvan, then Romania; returning to Vilmány seeking relatives; reunion with her cousin Ida F.; learning her parents and younger sister had been killed after they were deported; marriage in 1946; moving to Budapest; and emigration to the United States in 1956. Ms. H. discusses nightmares about her experiences and keeping her story from her children, not wanting to scare them.
    H., Martha, 1927-
    Lawrence, N.Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1986
    Interview Date
    January 14, 1986.
    Vilmány (Hungary)
    Abaújszántó (Hungary)
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Hatvan (Hungary)
    Cite As
    Martha H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-674). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Mandelbaum, Syd, interviewer.
    Related material: Ida F. Holocaust testimony [cousin] (HVT-565), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 23 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Mutual aid.
    Safe houses.
    False papers.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.

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