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Lenke L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-898) interviewed by Peggy Morton

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-898

Videotape testimony of Lenke L., who was born in Kemenesmagasi, Hungary in 1912. She recalls attending a Calvinist school; her brother attending university in Vienna due to Hungarian Jewish quotas; his emigration to the United States; anti-Jewish measures under the Arrow Cross; forced relocation with her family to Jánosháza, then Sárvár; her mother's death; deportation to Auschwitz; pervasive hunger; transfer to Allendorf; slave labor in a munitions factory; she and her cousins being liberated by United States troops; returning home; visiting her mother's grave; finding her home destroyed; joining cousins in another city; marriage; confiscation of her husband's business under the communists; antisemitic harassment; escaping during the 1956 revolution; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. L. discusses persistent nightmares; her increasing sense of loss as she grows older; sharing her memories, which are never-healing wounds, with fellow survivors; and antipathy toward Hungary, which she defines as her birthplace, not her homeland.

Author/Creator
L., Lenke, 1912-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1987
Interview Date
May 17, 1987.
Language
Hungarian
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lenke L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-898). 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/4294446
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