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Rejsi K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-214) interviewed by Norman Blumenthal and Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-214

Videotape testimony of Rejsi K., who was born in Botraj, in the Carpathian region of what was then Hungary, in 1914. She discusses her mother's death in 1935; her father's debilitation from a stroke in 1939 and his death in 1944; and, a few weeks later, the removal of the town's Jews to the town hall and their subsequent transfer to the Munkʹacs ghetto. She describes her four week stay there with her sisters and other relatives; her transport to Auschwitz in May 1944; and the selections there, after which all of her relatives present were killed. She recounts her experiences in the camp, where she worked as a member of the "Canada Kommando"; witnessing deaths in the crematorium; and Yom Kippur observance in the camp. She speaks of the march to Ravensbrück after being evacuated from Auschwitz in January 1945; her slave labor in a factory in Leipzig; her transport to Malchow; and liberation. Among postwar experiences discussed are her search for family in Germany and Czechoslovakia; her reunion with her brother, her only sibling to survive; her marriage; her stays in displaced persons camps in Austria and Paris; and emigration to Ecuador. She also describes her religious beliefs and shows family photographs.

Author/Creator
K., Rejsi, 1914-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1982
Interview Date
October 31, 1982.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rejsi K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-214). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.