Klara B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4097)
Videotape testimony of Klara B., who was born in Sombor, Yugoslavia, one of two sisters. She recounts studying ballet with her father, who was head of the dance teachers and a choreographer; their move to Budapest when she was nine so she could study under a prominent teacher/choreographer; returning to Sombor a year later; continuing to study with her father; attending gymnasium; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; attending university in Zagreb; returning home; Hungarian occupation; antisemitic violence by Hungarian soldiers; giving private dance lessons to help support her family; German occupation in 1944; her father being taken hostage; round-up with her mother and sister to a silk factory; separation from her mother when she and her sister were deported to Bačka Topola; briefly seeing their father; transfer to Auschwitz; assignment with her sister to slave labor in a munitions factory; cleaning the rooms of Wehrmacht soldiers, from whom she received extra food; singing and dancing for extra clothing and food; public executions of women who smuggled powder for the Sonderkommando revolt; a death march with her sister to Ravensbrück; transfer to Neustadt-Glewe; liberation by Soviet troops; hospitalization; traveling to Berlin, then Prague; repatriation to Zemun; traveling home via Novi Sad and Petrovaradin; moving back into their family home; and crying there for the first time over the loss of her parents.
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
- Interview Date
- November 21 and 30, 1993.
Prague (Czech Republic)
Zemun (Belgrade, Serbia)
Novi Sad (Serbia)
- 3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Klara B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4097). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.