Margita K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3919) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Antalová
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
- Interview Date
- January 31, 1996.
- 3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Margita K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3919). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Margita K., who was born in Dunasziget, Hungary in 1920, one of four children, and raised in Bratislava. She recalls her family's assimilated lifestyle; hiding from deportation at home, then with Catholic friends; her family's deportation to Sered; joining them in August 1942; working in the laundry room; cultural events including theater productions; their release and return to Bratislava in 1944; deportation to Auschwitz; separation upon arrival from her mother and younger sister (they were killed); transfer to Freiberg nine days later; slave labor in an airplane factory; a German supervisor giving her extra food; transfer eight months later to Mauthausen; Czechs throwing them food en route; liberation by United States troops; returning to Bratislava in May 1945; and reunion with her father and older brother. Ms. K. notes her younger brother was shot in Sered for an escape attempt; emotional numbness when separated from her mother and sister; relations between prisoner groups and the cruelty of prisoner supervisors; and not sharing her experiences with others, except recently with her granddaughter. She shows photographs.