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Edith M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4298) interviewed by Dana L. Kline

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4298

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.

Author/Creator
M., Edith, 1926-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2004
Interview Date
June 29, 2004.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/6696993
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