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Viola O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4106) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Helen Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4106

Videotape testimony of Viola O., who was born in Munkács, Czechoslovakia (presently Mukacheve, Ukraine) in 1928, one of six children. She recalls holiday gatherings at their home; Hungarian occupation; four siblings living in Budapest; anti-Jewish restrictions, including her expulsion from school; ghettoization; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from her brother and parents (she never saw them again); assignment with three cousins to the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); their transfer to Reichenbach; slave labor in a factory; being bitten by a guard dog; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Budapest, then Munkács; reunion with another brother and her sisters; smuggling themselves to Frankfurt; contacting their aunt in the United States; emigration with her sister and brother-in-law in May 1946; marriage in 1947; raising five children (one son died); and helping her husband in their bakery. Mrs. O. discusses bitterness and reluctance to share her experiences after the war; her cousin preventing her suicide in Reichenbach; her sister's murder by her husband who then committed suicide; and gratitude to and love for the United States. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
O., Viola, 1928-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2001
Interview Date
June 13, 2001.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Viola O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4106). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4789927
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