Chava K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3789)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- July 20, 1995.
- 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.
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.