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Martha S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2726) interviewed by Raymond Kaplan and Margot Brandes

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2726

Videotape testimony of Martha S., who was born in Megyaszó, Hungary in 1926. She recalls a wonderful childhood; attending a Protestant school; changes beginning in 1942; German occupation in 1944; orders from the mayor to all Jews to gather in the synagogue; transport to the Sátoraljaújhely ghetto; deportation to Auschwitz; total chaos; separation from her family, except her sister; a baby's birth in her barrack (the baby and mother "disappeared"); managing to remain with her sister even when officially separated; the disappearance of those in the Czech family camp one night; separation from her sister upon deportation to Waldenburg; slave labor in a factory; a German civilian worker bringing them apples for Christmas; political prisoners sharing food packages; sharing extra food with her bunkmate; a death march in April; abandonment by the guards; assistance from British and United States troops; briefly living in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; reunion with an aunt in Budapest; traveling home with her; learning her family had all perished; working as a teacher in Leipheim displaced persons camp; and emigration to Toronto, then the United States. Ms. S. discusses guilt for having survived and constant fears for her own children.

Author/Creator
S., Martha, 1926-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1994
Interview Date
April 15, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Martha S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2726). 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/4296948
Record last modified: 2016-11-30 13:55:00
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