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Allegra K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1577) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Gabriele Schiff

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1577

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.

Author/Creator
K., Allegra, 1927-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
May 21, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
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.