Allegra K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1577) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Gabriele Schiff
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
- Interview Date
- May 21, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Allegra K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1577). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Allegra K., who was born in Kastoria, Greece in 1927, one of seven children. She recounts cordial relations with non-Jews; warm family life; one brother's emigration to the United States; benign Italian occupation; her father's arrest and escape from Thessalonikē in 1943; German invasion; her father refusing offers from non-Jewish friends to hide some of them in order to keep the family together; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau via Thessalonikē; separation from her family upon arrival; slave labor digging potatoes; hospitalization; a prisoner expelling her from the hospital immediately before a selection; work diverting a river, then in a munitions factory; public hangings; the death march in January 1945; assistance from her cousin; arrival at Ravensbrück; transfer to Rechlin (Retzow), then Malchow; receiving Red Cross packages once; liberation by Soviet troops; stealing from civilian homes as revenge; living in Neubrandenburg; returning home; reunion with one brother; their self-destructive emotional condition; living in a group home in Athens supported by the National Council of Jewish Women; and emigration in 1948 to the United States to join her other brother. Ms. K. discusses complete demoralization in the camps; continuing trauma resulting from her experiences; and her supportive husband and children. She shows photographs.