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Bella H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3437) interviewed by Beatrice Harrison and Josie Riger

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3437

Videotape testimony of Bella H., who was born in Bilky, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1924, one of seven children. She recounts a happy childhood despite her family's poverty; a large, extended family; attending Czech school; Hungarian occupation; her brother's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; deportation to the Berehovo ghetto, then to Auschwitz about five weeks later; remaining with her sister (she never saw her mother or younger brothers again); a brief encounter with her father, when she was beaten for running to him (she never saw him again); transfer to Boizenburg; slave labor in an airplane factory; Allied bombings; sharing food with her sister and a cousin; a fellow prisoner giving birth (the baby was taken away); a death march; liberation by British troops in Ludwigslust; traveling to Teplice, then Budapest; finding an uncle and cousin; reunion with her brother in Prague; searching for another brother in Theresienstadt; moving to Fürth displaced persons camp; emigration with her brother and sister in 1947 to join relatives in the United States; marriage; and the births of two children. Ms. H. discusses pervasive, painful memories.

Author/Creator
H., Bella, 1924-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1996
Interview Date
March 13, 1996.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Bella H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3437). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.