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Magda Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3568)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3568

Videotape testimony of Magda Z., a twin, who was born in Budapest, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in 1915. She recounts living in Mukacheve; attending a Hungarian school; marriage in 1936; her son's birth; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; her husband's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; ghettoization; deportation with her family to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her parents, siblings, and son (she never saw her parents or son again); her twin brother identifying her as a twin; placement with other female twins for “medical experiments” by Josef Mengele; being assigned to clean Mengele's quarters; a fellow prisoner preventing her from committing suicide; a brief encounter with her twin; a death march to Wrocław; train transport to Ravensbrück; transfer to Malchow; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home with three women from Mukacheve; learning her twin was alive in Romania; joining him; reunion with her husband; joining another brother in Budapest; another brother's return; recovery in a sanatorium; moving to Karlovy Vary; her son's birth; emigration to Israel in 1949; her daughter's birth; and the recent deaths of her husband and twin brother. Ms. Z. notes not sharing her experiences with her children.

Z., Magda, 1915-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
June 17, 1993.
Budapest (Hungary)
Mukacheve (Ukraine)
Wrocław (Poland)
Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Magda Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3568). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.