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Margit F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1441) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Daniel Gover

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1441

Videotape testimony of Margit F., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1929. She recounts living in Tolcsva; her family's orthodoxy; antisemitic harassment; attending Jewish schools locally and in Budapest; her father's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in 1943; his return; ghettoization in Sátoraljaújhely in 1944; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from her parents; her father being beaten when he left the line to bless her; remaining with an aunt and her aunt's sister-in-law; their transfer to Kraków; slave labor in a quarry; assistance from her aunt; the shooting of every tenth prisoner; transfer back to Auschwitz, then to Grünberg; slave labor in a munitions factory; a death march to Bergen-Belsen; becoming ill; her relatives' deaths; liberation by British troops; assistance from the Red Cross; being injured in an accident; hospitalization; transfer to Sweden; learning her mother and father had been killed; and emigration to the United States in August 1947 to join relatives. Ms. F. discusses her religious faith and its importance to her survival; visiting Hungary with her family in 1972; speaking in schools; and nightmares resulting from her experiences.

Author/Creator
F., Margit, 1929-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1990
Interview Date
January 30, 1990.
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
Margit F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1441). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.