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Heda K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-99) interviewed by Laurel Vlock,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-99

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    Videotape testimony of Heda K., who was born in Prague. In this vivid and insightful testimony, Mrs. K., a writer, tells of the absence of antisemitism among the Czechs; the consequent inability of many Jews, including her father, to understand the mortal danger they faced; and her deportation, by train, to the Łódź ghetto. She describes various aspects of life in the ghetto, including the selections, random violence, hunger, and spiritual resistance; the children in the ghetto; and Ḥayim Rumkowski. Her deportation, with her parents, to Auschwitz; her parting gift to them of poison; and her own suicide attempt are recalled. She speaks of the degrading appells and selections at Auschwitz; the loss of her ability to communicate; evacuation to Gross Rosen as the Russians approached; her escape from the death march towards Bergen-Belsen; and her return to Prague in February, 1945. Postwar topics include her marriage; the execution of her husband in Czechoslovakia following the Slánský trials; and the constant presence of her memories "like music in the background."
    K., Heda, 1919-2010.
    Boston, Mass. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
    Interview Date
    July 22, 1980.
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Łódź (Poland)
    Cite As
    Heda K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-99). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Vlock, Laurel, interviewer.
    Related publication: Under a cruel star : a life in Prague 1941-1968 / Heda Margolius Kovály ; translated from the Czech by Franci Epstein and Helen Epstein with the author. Cambridge, Mass. : Plunkett Lake Press, c1986.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (58 min.) : col

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