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Janka C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4243) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Daniel Weyssow,

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    Videotape testimony of Janka C., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1920, the older of two sisters. She recounts her family's move to Vienna in 1921; their assimilated lifestyle; attending public school; anti-Jewish harassment; the Anschluss; immediately deciding to emigrate to Belgium; traveling to Cologne; living with a Jewish family for several months; arrest when attempting to illegally enter Belgium; imprisonment in Aachen; release a week later; entering Belgium on her third attempt, with assistance from a man she had met in prison; arriving in Antwerp via Liège and Brussels in October; her mother and sister joining her in November; her father's deportation to Dachau; receiving his ashes; German invasion; her sister's flight to France; moving with her mother to Brussels; living under false papers; her mother's deportation to Malines then Auschwitz; a priest warning her of round-ups and hiding her; arrest on the street; imprisonment in Avenue Louise; deportation to Malines; her future husband assisting her; being assigned to work for a dentist, then as a nurse; observing women who gave birth, including Romanies with whom they were not allowed social contact; taking food from incoming packages for children; assignment to a room with Benita H.; liberation by British troops; returning to Brussels; searching for her mother in Vienna; learning she had not survived; locating her sister through the Red Cross; their reunion; marriage in 1946; and her decision not to have children based on her experiences. Ms. C. discusses constant fear and paralysis in Malines that continues to the present time; nightmares resulting from her experiences; testifying against camp officials; continuing hostility toward Germans and Austrians; and her sense that others do not want to hear about her experiences.
    C., Janka, 1920-
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1999
    Interview Date
    November 24 and 26, 1999.
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Vienna (Austria)
    Cologne (Germany)
    Liège (Belgium)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Antwerp (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Janka C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4243). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rosenfeldt, Michel, interviewer.
    Weyssow, Daniel, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.
    Related material: Benita H. Holocaust testimony [friend](HVT-4192), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    2 videorecordings (3 hr., 5 min. and 5 hr., 3 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    False papers.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Childbirth in concentration camps.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

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