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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.
Locale
Vác (Hungary)
Hungary
Monor (Hungary)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Budapest (Hungary)
London (England)
Davos (Switzerland)
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.