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Judith K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1733) interviewed by Ilana Abramovitch

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1733

Videotape testimony of Judith K., who was born in Piešt̕any, Czechoslovakia in 1937, the youngest of six children. She recalls her family's affluence; her father taking them to Bratislava to avoid deportation; his arrest, escape from Žilina, and taking the family to hide on a farm; returning to Bratislava; their incarceration in Žilina; her father using bribery to obtain their release and false papers; living in the town of Žilina as non-Jews; the deportation of her parents and two siblings; an aunt arranging for the remaining children to be smuggled to Hungary; living illegally in Budapest; arrest and imprisonment; release in 1942 when guards were bribed; living with foster parents; moving with them to a Swedish safe house in 1944; their discovery; German execution of all the residents; being saved by the Red Cross before it was "their turn" to be shot; liberation by Soviet troops; her stepmother's death; her stepfather's remarriage; living in an orphanage in Nové Mesto nad Váhom; maintaining her Jewish identity while in a convent school; being taken to London by Rabbi Solomon Schonfeld; her siblings' emigration to Israel; joining them in 1951; marriage; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. K. shows photographs.

Author/Creator
K., Judith, 1937-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
December 6, 1990.
Locale
Slovakia
Czechoslovakia
Piešt̕any (Slovakia)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Žilina (Slovakia)
Budapest (Hungary)
Nové Mesto nad Váhom (Slovakia)
London (England)
Israel
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Judith K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1733). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.