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Judy C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4262) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Joanne Weiner Rudof

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4262

Videotape testimony of Judy C., who was born in Debrecen, Hungary in 1928, the youngest of seven children. She recalls her family's orthodoxy; anti-Jewish laws; her brothers' conscription into Hungarian slave labor battalions; German occupation in 1944; ghettoization in May; Christians smuggling food to them; transfer to a brick factory in June; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; remaining with three sisters (she never saw her parents and other relatives again); the transfer of two sisters; brief hospitalization; her sister bringing her food; a group Kol Nidre service; separation from her sister; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; assistance from friends from Debrecen; deteriorating conditions; volunteering for transfer; slave labor in an airplane factory at Aschersleben; assistance from French and Belgian POWs; a death march; liberation by United States troops in May 1945 near Düben; transfer to Leipzig; returning home via Budapest; reunion with a brother and cousin; inconsolable grief; learning her sister was in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; joining her there; learning her other sisters had perished; attending an ORT dental technician school; joining Hashomer Hatzair; and emigration to Canada in 1948. Ms. C. notes the importance of her sister and camp friends to her survival; discussing her experiences while in the displaced persons camp; and speaking about her experiences in schools. She shows documents and photographs.

Author/Creator
C., Judy, 1928-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2003
Interview Date
September 23, 2003.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: DVCam master; Betacam Sp dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Judy C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4262). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.