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Edith W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1747) interviewed by Jaschael Pery,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1747

Videotape testimony of Edith W., who was born in Balkány, Hungary in 1931. She recounts her father's rabbinical position in several towns in Czechoslovakia including Jelšava; anti-Jewish laws including expulsion from their town after Hungarian occupation; living in Rejčkov; the births of several siblings; exclusion from school; deportations; her family's exemption because other exempted Jews needed a rabbi; deportation of her grandmother in 1942; her mother obtaining Hungarian passports for them; her mother smuggling a younger brother to relatives in Hungary (he did not survive); moving to Prešov in 1943; obtaining false papers; traveling to Banská Stiavnica in summer 1944; staying with friends, then being hidden by a non-Jew in a nearby village; pretending to be Protestants; liberation in spring 1945; returning to their village; and emigrating to join relatives in the United States in August 1946. Mrs. W. discusses her belief that they survived because of miracles; their efforts to remain observant despite the dangers; the stress and constant fear of exposure; sharing her story with her children at the second Seder every year; and a 1987 trip to the village where they were hidden.

W., Edith, 1931-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
December 20, 1990.
Balkány (Hungary)
Jelšava (Slovakia)
Rejčkov (Czech Republic)
Prešov (Slovakia)
Banská Štiavnica (Slovakia)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Edith W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1747). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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