Edith M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4298) interviewed by Dana L. Kline
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2004
- Interview Date
- June 29, 2004.
- 3 copies: DVCam master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Edith M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4298). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Edith M., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in 1926. She recounts moving to Cluj when she was eight; visiting grandparents in Košice and Chernivt︠s︡i; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; Hungarian occupation in 1940; visiting relatives in Budapest in 1943; a ban on Jewish travel preventing her return home; German invasion in March 1944; forced relocation to a yellow star house; briefly hiding with a non-Jewish woman; a round-up by Hungarians on October 19; a forced march to Harkakópháza; slave labor digging tank trenches; purchasing food from local peasants; relocation to Budapest; escaping with others; returning to her family; a round-up with her aunt to a brick factory; a death march to Lichtenwörth; two women giving birth (the children died); sharing potato peels with male prisoners; assisting her aunt when she had typhus; liberation by Soviet troops in late April; hospitalization; her aunt's death; repatriation to Budapest; reunion with two aunts; returning to Cluj; placement in an orphanage; marriage in 1949; the births of two children; emigration to Israel via Bucharest and Vienna in 1958, and to the United States in 1961. Ms. M. discusses nightmares resulting from her experiences; shielding her children from her story, but later sharing it with them; and recently visiting Budapest with her daughter and her family. She shows photographs.