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Malka S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2128) interviewed by David Herman and Jane Barclay

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2128

Videotape testimony of Malka S., who was born in Halmeu, Romania in 1922, the second of eight children. She recalls speaking Yiddish at home; celebrating Shavuot; Hungarian occupation in 1940; being sent to Budapest; marriage; returning home due to her pregnancy; German occupation in March 1944; her husband joining her; ghettoization in Nagyszollos (presently Vynohradiv); her daughter's birth; deportation to Auschwitz; a prisoner telling them to give the baby to her mother; selection with two sisters (she never saw her parents, daughter, or husband again); forced labor; starvation; a French worker sharing food with them; a privileged kitchen job; a beating for smuggling food; her younger sister's transfer; extermination of the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); fasting on Yom Kippur; help from an SS woman; the Sonderkommando uprising; the January 1945 death march; holding her sister's hand; train transport to Ravensbrück; slave labor for Siemens; transfer to Neustadt-Glewe; liberation by British, then Soviet troops; wandering for weeks; traveling to Berlin, Prague, then Budapest; reunion with her in-laws; learning her husband and several brothers had perished; reunion with her third sister in Halmeu; returning to Budapest; traveling to Trieste with a Zionist group; legal emigration to Palestine in 1947; marriage; and the births of two sons. Ms. S. discusses pervasive painful memories; becoming less religious; and loving Jewish tradition.

Author/Creator
S., Malka, 1922-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
March 17, 1993.
Locale
Halmeu (Romania)
Romania
Budapest (Hungary)
Vynohradiv (Ukraine)
Berlin (Germany)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Trieste (Italy)
Palestine
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Malka S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2128). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.