Klara H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2116) interviewed by Alberta Strage
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
- Interview Date
- October 29, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Klara H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2116). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Klara H., who was born in Szombathely, Hungary in 1921. She recalls summer holidays visiting maternal grandparents in Austria; visits to Budapest; her bat mitzvah; pervasive antisemitism; leaving school to learn dressmaking; working and living with relatives in Budapest; her aunt's arrival from Austria after the Anschluss, then her emigration to India; her father's death in 1939; moving to Győr with her mother and sister; German invasion in March 1944; ghettoziation; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her mother (she never saw her again); a cousin who had arrived earlier assiting them; transfer six weeks later with her sister and friends to Langenbielau; slave labor in a weaving factory; transfer to build roads in Czechoslovakia; return to Langenbielau; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Budapest three weeks later with her sister and friend, then Győr; her sister's marriage; receiving documents to join her aunt in Bombay; illegally traveling to Salzburg; her sister's emigration to Palestine; living in Paris, then Bombay; marriage in 1947; emigration to England; and raising a family. Ms. H. discusses surviving due to luck, her sister, and friends; gradually sharing her experiences with her children; and traveling with them to Austria and Hungary to connect them to her past. She shows photographs.