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Margie A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1038) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1038

Videotape testimony of Margie A., who was born in Czechoslovakia in 1928, one of nine children. She recalls Hungarian occupation; some of her brothers being drafted into slave labor battalions; a deportation order; a non-Jew offering to take her and one brother; her father refusing to separate the family; another non-Jew taking their valuables (he returned them after the war); transfer to the Munkács ghetto, then Auschwitz; separation from her family except her sister; her sister's emotional breakdown; their transfer to Gelsenkirchen; slave labor loading barges; transfer to Essen; slave labor in a Krupp factory; doing her sister's work; fasting on Yom Kippur; transfer six months later to Bergen-Belsen; seeing three brothers behind a fence; liberation by British troops; learning her brothers had been killed; hospitalization with her sister; Red Cross assistance; learning three brothers were alive in Czechoslovakia; their reunion in Prague and Mukacheve; her sister's marriage; living in Germany; marriage in 1947; the birth of twins (one died at seven weeks); and emigration to the United States in 1949 with HIAS assistance. Ms. A. discusses her husband's murder in a robbery; remarriage two years later; her continuing belief in God; and reluctance to talk about the Holocaust. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
A., Margie, 1928-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
April 30, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Margie A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1038). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.