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Marta M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3862)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3862

Videotape testimony of Marta M., who was born in Kolta, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1924, one of nine children. She recalls starting school in 1933; Hungarian occupation; her father's death; draft of her older brothers into Hungarian slave labor battalions; transfer to the Šurany ghetto; forced labor harvesting carrots; transfer to Komárom for two weeks, then to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation with her younger sister from her mother and brother upon arrival; sorting rocks in a quarry; her sister's hospitalization; a female Hungarian physician saving her; assignment with a friend to a children's camp for six weeks; transfer with her sister to a factory in Germany; deportation to Theresienstadt in April; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to their uncle's home in Galanta, then to Kolta; marriage in Strekov to a survivor who had lost his wife and children; the births of two children and four grandchildren; her daughter and her son's son living in Israel; and her husband's death. Ms. M. discusses her continuing belief in God through the camps and until the present; mental scars resulting from her experiences; sharing her experiences with her children and grandchildren; and how quickly she can convey her experiences, though they were interminable while she was living them. She shows photographs.

M., Marta, 1924-
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
Interview Date
January 21, 1996.
Kolta (Slovakia)
Komárom (Hungary)
Galanta (Slovakia)
Strekov (Slovakia)
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Marta M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3862). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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