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Elizabeth S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1248) interviewed by Daniel Gover and Bernard Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1248

Videotape testimony of Elizabeth S., who was born in Győr, Hungary, one of five children. She recounts antisemitic harassment; working in her father's pastry shop; marriage in 1942; her husband's and three brothers' draft into Hungarian slave labor battalions; expropriation of her father's shop in 1943; incarceration with her parents, brother, his wife, and their two children; receiving Red Cross notification that her husband was probably dead; hiding when her brother and his family were deported; deportation with a friend; finding her father in the cattle car to Auschwitz; intense thirst and hunger; sharing water with fellow prisoners; becoming numb, then exhorting herself to alertness by remembering her family; transfer to Lippstadt; slave labor in a munitions factory; privileged kitchen work; sharing food with fellow prisoners; fasting on Yom Kippur; a guard giving her bread; a death march; losing hope; liberation by United States troops in Kaunitz in April 1945; protecting a kind German soldier; returning to Hungary; reunion with two brothers; her husband's return in September 1946; moving to Budapest two years later; and emigrating to the United States. Ms. S. discusses the kindness of French and Italian prisoners; prisoners keeping their spirits up with songs and jokes; and adopting a son (she was unable to have children due to her experiences).

Author/Creator
S., Elizabeth.
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1988
Interview Date
May 11, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Elizabeth S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1248). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.