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Edith K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2108) interviewed by Gillian Green Douek

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2108

Videotape testimony of Edith K., who was born in 1929, in Vác, Hungary, the oldest of four children. She recalls a close and large extended family; pervasive antisemitism; her family's orthodoxy; Austrian cousins arriving after Kristallnacht; uncles serving in Hungarian slave labor battalions; hiding Czech cousins; her uncles' return in early 1944; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; removal of all men for slave labor; receiving letters from her father (she still has some); forced relocation to a brick factory in Monor; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her mother and siblings; others "mothering" her since she was the youngest; bonding with a cousin and four other girls; playing word games and talking about food; brief hospitalization; cousins bringing her food and clothing; re-hospitalization; selection for gassing by Josef Mengele; a cousin, who was a physician, obtaining her release from Mengele; selection for gassing in October; her group not being gassed due to the Sonderkommando revolt; celebrating Hanukkah with her cousins; a death march and train transport to Ravensbrück in January; hospitalization; amputation of her toes; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Prague with others from her town; Red Cross assistance; hospitalization for tuberculosis; learning her father had perished; joining relatives in Bratislava, then Budapest; assistance from the Joint; emigration to join an aunt in London; treatment in a sanitarium in Davos; returning to London in April 1948; marriage in 1954; and raising four children.
Ms. K. discusses wanting to survive for her father; satisfaction from her children and grandchildren; mourning for her family and all those killed who have no survivors; and sharing prewar memories with her family. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
K., Edith, 1929-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
November 11, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Edith K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2108). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.