Marta M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3862)
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
- Interview Date
- January 21, 1996.
- 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.
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.