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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 1938, 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.
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.