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Frances W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1242) interviewed by Freda Remmers and Robert Roth,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1242

Videotape testimony of Frances W., who was born in Koňuš, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Slovakia) in 1918, one of eight children. She recalls living in Uz︠h︡horod; training as a seamstress; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; all her brothers, except the youngest, being drafted into Hungarian slave labor battalions; German invasion; ghettoization; deportation with her parents, sister, sister-in-law, and their children to Auschwitz; separation from her family (she never saw them again); volunteering as a dressmaker; a death march, then train transport to Bergen-Belsen in January 1945; a very high death rate; contracting typhus; liberation by British troops; friends caring for her; returning home via Prague and Budapest; reunion with her fiancé, youngest brother, sister, and brother-in-law; moving with her husband to the Sudetenland, then Brno; and emigration to the United States in 1949 upon receiving affidavits from her husband's sister. Ms. W. discusses nightmares and health problems resulting from her experiences; the births of two children; and not sharing her experiences with them or others because it is too painful for her.

W., Frances, 1918-
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
December 3, 1987.
Koňuš (Slovakia)
Uz︠h︡horod (Ukraine)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Budapest (Hungary)
Sudetenland (Czech Republic)
Brno (Czech Republic)
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Frances W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1242). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.