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Chava L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3803)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3803

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.

L., Chava, 1926-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
October 26, and November 2, 1995.
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Dresden (Germany)
Vienna (Austria)
Budapest (Hungary)
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.
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