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Agnes V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-775) interviewed by Barbara Hadley Katz and Helen Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-775

Videotape testimony of Agnes V., who was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1940. She describes her father's cosmopolitan, professional background; her mother's rural, extremely observant background; life in a wealthy Budapest Jewish family; and deportations of relatives to Hungarian labor battalions. She recalls her father's decision to disperse the family in hiding after the 1944 German occupation; posing as a Christian peasant girl; living with her younger sister in a dilapidated section of Budapest; an air raid in which her guardian was wounded; traveling with her guardian to rejoin her mother; German round-ups of Jews; hiding with other Jewish children in the former residence of the mayor of Buda; and the brutal fighting. Mrs. V. recounts a chance reunion with her mother; seeking refuge with a Calvinist pastor who produced false papers; a dream foretelling her grandmother's killing; liberation of Budapest; her father's postwar imprisonment for "Zionist" activities; escape to Vienna during the 1956 Hungarian revolution; and life in the United States.

Author/Creator
V., Agnes, 1940-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
Interview Date
November 3, 1986.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Agnes V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-775). 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/946956
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