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Magda E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4148) interviewed by Helen Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4148

Videotape testimony of Magda E., who was born in Satu Mare, Romania in 1925, one of six children. She recalls her family's orthodoxy; Hungarian occupation; her father's and brother's draft into Hungarian slave labor battalions; anti-Jewish restrictions in spring 1944, including wearing the star; ghettoization; deportation to Auschwitz; initially thinking they were in an insane asylum; separation from her mother and one sister (she never saw them again); slave labor; always remaining with her other three sisters and a friend; sharing extra food with her youngest sister; train transfer to Bergen-Belsen; transfer to Unterlüss; cleaning for Red Cross inspections; desertion by the guards; town officials transferring them back to Bergen-Belsen; liberation by British troops; hospitalization; traveling to Munich, Salzburg, and Budapest in an attempt to get home; hearing their father, brother, and her sister's husband were in Satu Mare; their reunion; her father urging them to leave Hungary; marriage in 1946; and emigration to the United States. Ms. E. discusses their luck that the four sisters survived together; her siblings living in Belgium and Israel; visiting Satu Mare around 1970; vowing never to do so again; and gratitude for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

E., Magda, 1925-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2001
Interview Date
September 25, 2001.
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Magda E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4148). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.