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Katalin L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4195) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Massimo Ianetta,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4195

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    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 therr 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.
    L., Katalin, 1922-
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1999
    Interview Date
    April 14 and 15, 1999.
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Debrecen (Hungary)
    Cite As
    Katalin L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4195). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rosenfeldt, Michel, interviewer.
    Ianetta, Massimo, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    2 videorecordings (3 hr., 57 min. and 4 hr., 56 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Husband Death.
    False papers.
    Mutual aid.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Survivor-child relations.

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