Martha H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-674) interviewed by Syd Mandelbaum
- Lawrence, N.Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1986
- Interview Date
- January 14, 1986.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Martha H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-674). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.