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