Edith M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-906) interviewed by Irving Gadol and Mark Jacobs
- Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1987
- Interview Date
- January 24, 1987.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Edith M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-906). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Edith M., an only child, who was born in Szeged, Hungary in 1926. She recounts attending public school; antisemitic harassment; German invasion in 1944; anti-Jewish restrictions; attending a Catholic school due to her mother's friendship with the school's head; a nun offering to hide her; refusing, not wanting to leave her parents; ghettoization; round-up to a brick factory; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in June; selection for work with her mother (she never saw her father or grandmother again); hospitalization; assistance from her mother's friend in the hospital; release; not finding her mother; transfer to Lenzing; slave labor in a factory; assistance from a German guard; debilitating illness; liberation by United States troops; pain resulting from rich food provided by the liberators (many died from it); hospitalization; traveling to Vienna; assistance from a Soviet soldier; returning to Szeged; return of family jewelry from a non-Jewish neighbor; finishing school; assistance from the Joint; illegal emigration to Palestine via Budapest and Romania; capture by the British; six weeks incarceration; marriage; the births of two children; and emigration to the United States in 1958. Ms. M. discusses psychological difficulties, including guilt for "abandoning" her parents when she was hospitalized. She shows photographs and jewelry recovered after the war.