Yehudit M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3564)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
- Interview Date
- July 23, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Yehudit M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3564). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Yehudit M., who was born in Reghin, Romania in 1926, the oldest of four children. She recounts her family's participation in Mizrahi; vacations and holidays at her grandparents' village; attending Romanian school, then, briefly, German gymnasium; antisemitic harassment; Hungarian occupation in 1940; transfer to a Jewish high school in Cluj; a non-Jewish family friend who was in the military informing her father of massacres of Jews at the front; her cousin's visit (he was in a Hungarian slave labor battalion); German invasion in spring 1944; ghettoization; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her family; transfer to Płaszów; slave labor doing construction and in a quarry; fellow prisoners sharing food; transfer back to Birkenau; learning her father was in Auschwitz (she sent him a note); transfer to Neustadt/Oberschlesien; slave labor in a weaving factory; a civilian worker leaving her extra food; a death march to Gross-Rosen; corpses littering the road; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; starvation and rampant disease; visiting the Kasztner section when she was ill; liberation by British troops; living in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; returning home, and emigration to Israel. Ms. M. details life in concentration camps; surviving due to assistance from friends since she was completely passive; and relations between prisoner groups in camps.