Vera T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3645)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
- Interview Date
- May 5, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Vera T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3645). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Vera T., who was born in Uz︠h︡horod, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine), an only child. She recounts her family moving to Prague the following year; her family's perfume and cosmetics business; their relative affluence; a sheltered childhood; attending a Czech school; transferring to a French school due to antisemitic harassment; German occupation in spring 1939; anti-Jewish restrictions, including expulsion from school; studying English; her father obtaining Hungarian passports for them based on his service in the Austro-Hungarian army in World War I; deportations in 1942; leaving with her parents for Budapest in August, thinking it safer; obtaining a job as a French and English tutor, which supported her family; German occupation in March 1944; obtaining false passports; living in a safe house; Germans catching her and her mother when they left the safe house; Raoul Wallenberg negotiating their release; returning to the safe house; liberation by Soviet troops; obtaining a job with the Joint, assisting survivors returning from camps; shock at hearing about Auschwitz; her mother returning to Prague; her father's death; joining her mother in Prague; government confiscation of their apartment and factory; working with Beriḥah, organizing illegal emigration to Palestine; meeting her husband, an Auschwitz survivor; and their emigration to Israel in March 1949. Ms. T. discusses a visit to Prague two year ago during which she realized she had childhood memories, but no roots there.