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Chava K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3789)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3789

Videotape testimony of Chava K., who was born in Komárno, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1931, the older of two children. She recounts visiting relatives in Budapest; her family's conversion in 1942, hoping to save themselves; enjoying church services; her father's illness and death; German invasion in 1944; her mother's deportation; their former maid assisting her and her brother; living with her ballet teacher, then her grandparents; ghettoization; living with her friend's family; deportation to Auschwitz; attaching herself to an older woman; transfer a week later to Płaszów; useless slave labor; observing prisoner executions; and transfer back to Auschwitz. Ms. K. discusses psychologically distancing herself from what was happening in the ghetto and camps, then becoming terrified in Płaszów; living with that fear to the present day; and a recent visit to Komárno. She reads her poetry.

K., Chava, 1930-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
July 20, 1995.
Komárno (Západoslovenský kraj, Slovakia)
Budapest (Hungary)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Chava K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3789). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.