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Adrienne K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-199) interviewed by Dori Laub and Nancy Goodman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-199

Videotape testimony of Adrienne K., who was born in Cluj, Romania in 1923. She recounts her childhood; anti-Semitic discrimination following the Hungarian occupation in 1940; and her attendance at medical school in Budapest from September 1943 until the German occupation in March 1944. She describes the jailing of the men of the family and the transport of the family to Auschwitz in July 1944. She relates her separation from her parents and sister, who did not survive; camp conditions; her job in the "Scheisskommando," carting away excrement; and the burning of the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager). She tells of her transfer to Ravensbrück in August 1944 and subsequently to Tachau and Altenburg; her friendship with a younger girl and their cancelled suicide pact; the march to Waldenburg in April 1945; and liberation. Postwar topics include her testifying at war crimes trials in Frankfurt in 1964 and 1978 or 1979; recurring nightmares; her conscious effort not to forget; and her busy present life as a surgeon.

Author/Creator
K., Adrienne, 1923-
Published
Washington, D.C. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1983
Interview Date
April 11, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Adrienne K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-199). 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/801239
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