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Yehudit M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3564)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3564

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.

Author/Creator
M., Yehudit, 1926-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
July 23, 1993.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
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.