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Eta N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3744)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3744

Videotape testimony of Eta N., who was born in Poprad, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1926, one of three children. She recounts her mother's death when she was twelve; deportation with her sister to Auschwitz/Birkenau in March 1942; an inside work assignment due to a cousin's influence; learning her brother and father had arrived (they were killed); working in the laundry with her sister; sorting deportees' belongings in Canada Kommando (she found her brother's suit); frequent selections; smuggling medicine from Canada to a sick friend; smuggling money she found to the camp underground; her friends helping her when she had typhus; a death march then train transfer to Ravensbrück in January 1945; transfer to Neustadt Glewe; slave labor felling trees, then as a seamstress following an injury; abandonment by the guards; liberation by Soviet troops; assistance from a Jewish officer; traveling to Prague; assistance from the Red Cross; returning home via Bratislava; assisting with illegal emigration and weapons smuggling to Palestine; attending school in Bratislava; and her sister's emigration to the United States, then hers to Israel in 1949. Ms. N. attributes her survival to being with her small group of friends, her sister, and other relatives.

N., Eta, 1926-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
February 16 and March 31, 1995.
Poprad (Slovakia)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eta N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3744). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.