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Margita K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3919) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Antalová

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3919

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.

Author/Creator
K., Margita, 1920-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
Interview Date
January 31, 1996.
Language
Slovak
Copies
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.