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Judith B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4095)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4095

Videotape testimony of Judith B., who was born in Matei, Romania in 1927, the youngest of five children. She recounts attending Romanian school; Hungarian occupation; her brother's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; German invasion in 1944; anti-Jewish restrictions; hiding valuables with non-Jewish friends; her brother's return: his deportation to Auschwitz; round-up; transfer with her parents and sisters to the Szamosújvár ghetto, then the Cluj (Kolozsvar) ghetto; deportation to Auschwitz; separation with her sisters and her sister-in-law and her sister from her parents (she never saw them again); a physician from their town providing them with extra food; their transfer to Altenburg; better conditions than Auschwitz; slave labor in a factory; a German supervisor allowing her to rest when she had work-related injuries; a death march; helping her sister who could no longer walk; liberation by United States troops in April 1945; traveling with her sister and others to Cluj via Karlovy Vary, Bratislava, and Budapest; reunion with her brothers; marriage to the physician who had helped them in Auschwitz (his wife and children had been killed); their son's birth in 1948; emigration to Israel in 1961; and her husband testifying at the Auschwitz trials in Frankfurt. Ms. B. attributes her survival to help from her sister-in-law and her future husband; discusses nightmares resulting from her experiences; and not sharing her experiences with her son so he would not suffer. She shows photographs and plays music during the testimony.

B., Judith, 1927-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
May 11 and 24, June 7, 22, and 30, and July 5, 1993.
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Judith B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4095). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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