Chava L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3803)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- October 26, and November 2, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Chava L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3803). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Chava L., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1926, the older of two sisters. She recounts her family's relative affluence; attending a German, then a Slovak school, until the expulsion of Jews; her father's dismissal from his bank job; participating in a Zionist youth group beginning in 1938, despite her parents' disapproval; her mother's brothers converting to Christianity in 1939; her refusal to do so; living on a Zionist training farm; being sent home because she was under sixteen; helping produce false papers and ration coupons with her youth group; help from non-Jewish friends; Gordonyah members staying at their house; the 1944 Slovak uprising; a former cook hiding her family; deportation with her family to Auschwitz; separation from her parents (she never saw them again); remaining with her sister; their transfer to Freiberg; slave labor in an airplane factory; a fellow prisoner giving birth; observing the bombing of Dresden; train transfer to Mauthausen; Czechs bringing them food en route; liberation by United States troops; she and her sister returning home via Vienna; reunion with an aunt, uncle, and friend; attending a Zionist conference in Budapest; organizing a Jewish orphanage in Bratislava; assistance from the Joint; meeting her future husband in 1946; and emigration to Israel in 1949. Ms. L. discusses maintaining hope and helping each other, to which she attributes her survival; continuing strong bonds with fellow survivors; Israelis lack of interest in survivor experiences; pervasive painful memories and nightmares; sharing her experiences with her daughters; and visiting Bratislava with them in 1984, and several times afterward.