Marika B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2459) interviewed by Ann Solov Walker
- Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1994
- Interview Date
- May 24, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Marika B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2459). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Marika B., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1934. She recounts summer vacations in her grandmother's Czech village; attending public school; cordial relations with non-Jews; anti-Jewish restrictions beginning in 1938; her half-sister's emigration to the United States (her father was previously married); German invasion in March 1944; eviction from their home; trading apartments with an Italian man; her parents hiding her with a non-Jewish man; learning he was her father's illegitimate son; his returning her to her parents, fearing he would be exposed; placement in a convent; baptism and confirmation; becoming a religious Catholic; returning home in December; hiding with her family and many other Jews in her father's office; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to their home (the Italian man safeguarded their possessions); and emigration to the United States in 1956, joining her half-sister. Ms. B. discusses deported relatives who were killed and her disenchantment with Catholicism based on antisemitic remarks by a priest. She shows photographs and documents.