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Klara B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4097)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: 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.

B., Klara.
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
November 21 and 30, 1993.
Sombor (Serbia)
Budapest (Hungary)
Zagreb (Croatia)
Berlin (Germany)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Zemun (Belgrade, Serbia)
Novi Sad (Serbia)
Petrovaradin (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.