Edith W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1747) interviewed by Jaschael Pery
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
- Interview Date
- December 20, 1990.
- 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.
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.