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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4106

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    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.
    O., Viola, 1928-
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2001
    Interview Date
    June 13, 2001.
    Mukacheve (Ukraine)
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Cite As
    Viola O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4106). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.
    Katz, Helen, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 29 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar experiences.
    Child survivors.
    Hungarian occupation.

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