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Edith F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1041) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Charles DeFanti

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1041

Videotape testimony of Edith F., who was born in a small town in Czechoslovakia and moved to Mukacheve when she was seven. She recalls her oldest brother's emigration to the United States in 1938; Hungarian occupation; ghettoization in spring 1944; deportation with her family to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation by gender; assignment to Canada Kommando with her mother, sister, and aunt; smuggling food and clothing to others; protecting her mother; observing Jewish holidays; her sister's transfer, then her's, to a labor camp; slave labor in a communications equipment factory; staying with a childhood friend; abandonment by the guards; local Czechs feeding and clothing them; traveling with her friend to Bratislava; reunion with her mother, brother, and aunt (no other relatives survived); returning home; marriage in Mukacheve; hearing from her American brother (he was in the U.S. military); living in Teplice, then a displaced persons camp in Germany; and emigration to the United States. Ms. F. relates her mother's and aunt's experiences. She notes her abhorrence of any kind of discrimination against anyone and surviving only due to fate.

Author/Creator
F., Edith, 1925-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
May 7, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Edith F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1041). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.