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Vera B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-250) interviewed by Rena Rosenfeld and Kathy Strochlic

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-250

Videotape testimony of Vera B., who was born in a small town in Slovakia in 1918. She relates moving to Mukachevo in 1924; a happy childhood; attending college in Brno; expulsion in 1939 due to German occupation; Hungarian occupation of Mukachevo; conscription of males into Hungarian labor battalions; German occupation in 1944; and formation of the ghetto. Mrs. B. describes four weeks in the ghetto; Hungarian cruelty toward the Jews; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from her parents who were murdered immediately; her inability to mourn for them then; her strong will to survive; collecting corpses for transfer to D lager; supervising the children's block where they played and sang; the sudden disappearance of the approximately one thousand children; and learning they had been taken to the gas chamber. She recalls being saved by a kapo; transfer to Zittau, Germany to work in an airplane factory; more humane treatment there; liberation by Russians on May 5, 1945; traveling to Czechoslovakia and the kindness with which they were treated; return to Mukachevo; mourning, as she began to realize her losses; smuggling herself to Germany; three years in a displaced persons camp where she married; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mrs. B. discusses her resolve never to be hungry again; her satisfaction with life; her daughter's emotional problems as a child of survivors; her nightmares; and the importance of remembering the Holocaust.

B., Vera, 1918-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
Interview Date
March 5, 1984.
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Vera B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-250). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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