Katalin L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4195) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Massimo Ianetta
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1999
- Interview Date
- April 14 and 15, 1999.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Katalin L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4195). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Katalin L., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1922, the second of two children. She recounts her parents' divorce; attending public school; anti-Jewish legislation; attending communist meetings with her brother; marriage; her husband's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion (he did not survive); German invasion; her brother obtaining false papers for her and her mother; their arrest and imprisonment; beatings during interrogations; seeing her brother once (he escaped); their transfer to Sárvár; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her mother (she was killed); exchanging numbers with a prisoner in order to be with a friend; their transfer to Ravensbrück, then to Berlin; slave labor in an Argus aircraft factory, a subcamp of Sachsenhausen; her trance-like state while operating machinery; a German overseer providing extra food that she shared with her friends; digging anti-tank trenches; a march to Oranienberg; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to join relatives in Debrecen who informed her that her brother was alive; finding her apartment occupied; reunion with her brother (he had survived in hiding); working for the Hungarian government; pervasive antisemitism; illegal emigration to Belgium in 1946; marriage to a Hungarian survivor; and the births of three children. Ms. L. discusses relations among prisoner groups in camps; not sharing her experiences; visiting Hungary with her family in the 1960s; sharing her experiences with her daughters then; and writing a fictionalized screenplay about her experiences. She explains the camps as she sketches them.