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Erika M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2617) interviewed by Aletha Simon and Barbara Devinki

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2617

Videotape testimony of Erika M., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1922. She recalls her family's orthodoxy; her brother attending medical school; the Anschluss; her brother's expulsion from school; former friends turning on them; her parents leaving for Czechoslovakia; remaining with her brother; smuggling themselves to join their parents in Trenčiansky; marriage in 1939; a futile attempt to emigrate with her husband from Bratislava to Palestine in June 1940; her husband's complying with a deportation notice (she never saw him again); rejoining her family; entering Nováky; meeting her future husband; liberation during the Slovak uprising; living with her parents and brother on a farm; joining her fiancé in Hartmanice; retreating into the mountains in October; assistance from local Slovaks; hiding in bunkers; liberation by Soviet partisans in March 1945; crossing the mountains to Soviet-liberated areas; her fianc ́working in the hospital in Topol̕čany; her daughter's birth and death two days later; reunion with her brother (her parents had been deported and perished); living in Litoměřice; illegally leaving for Vienna in 1949; emigration to the United States; and her daughter's birth in 1954. Ms. M. notes her husband's recent death.

Author/Creator
M., Erika, 1922-
Published
Kansas City, Kansas : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, 1994
Interview Date
July 14, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Erika M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2617). 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/4296916
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:41:00
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