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Marika B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2459) interviewed by Ann Solov Walker

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2459

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.

Author/Creator
B., Marika, 1934-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1994
Interview Date
May 24, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296817
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:41:00
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