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Frieda F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1180) interviewed by Henry Kaplowitz and Selma Dubnick,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1180

Videotape testimony of Freida F., who was born in Czechoslovakia in 1928, the youngest of four children. She recalls Hungarian occupation; receiving money from American relatives; a forced march to Svali︠a︡va; train transfer to the Munkács ghetto, then Auschwitz; separation from her parents and other relatives; remaining with her sisters; sorting clothing of the murdered Jews; smuggling food and valuables to her barrack; separation from one sister; being compelled to give blood; learning of a planned revolt from a cousin who worked in the crematoria; transfer to Bergen-Belsen, Venusberg, then Mauthausen; liberation by United States troops in May 1945; traveling to Bratislava; reunion with their sister; a brief visit to their hometown; living in Mukacheve; reunion with their brother; traveling to Budapest and Prague; living in Gabersee displaced persons camp and an orphanage in Prien; emigration to the United States in 1947 to join relatives; her siblings' arrival in 1949; and marriage in 1951. Ms. F. discusses always helping others, but not comprehending events in the camps; guilt over her mother's death; frequent headaches; shielding her children from her pain; and the killing of hundreds of relatives.

Author/Creator
F., Frieda, 1928-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
November 4, 1987.
Locale
Ukraine
Mukacheve
Germany
Svali︠a︡va (Ukraine)
Czechoslovakia
Mukacheve (Ukraine)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Budapest (Hungary)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Prien am Chiemsee (Germany)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Frieda F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1180). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.