Jaffe M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-296) interviewed by Gloria Demby and Gabriele Schiff
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
- Interview Date
- November 4, 1984.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jaffe M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-296). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jaffe M., who was born in Onod, near Miskolc, Hungary, in 1931. She describes prewar family and community life; Hungarian anti-Jewish legislation; and her family's transfer to Diosgyor, where her father was made head of the ghetto. She relates her parents' futile attempt to secure a hiding place for their children; life in the ghetto; the deportation of her father and brother in May 1944; the liquidation of the ghetto three days later; and transfer to a brick factory in Miskolc. She remembers the journey from Miskolc to Auschwitz; separation from her mother upon arrival; her work as a food carrier in Birkenau; the extermination of the Romanies in Auschwitz; and escaping from a selection by joining her sister, with whom she survived the war. She recounts their transfer after three months to Bergen-Belsen, then to Rochlitz and Grasslitz in Czechoslovakia; the death march from Grasslitz in spring 1945; escaping with her sister and two other girls to a nearby forest; liberation by a Russian Jew in May 1945; and emigration to Palestine in 1946. She also speaks of the importance of becoming a mother and a recent visit to Auschwitz/Birkenau and Schloss Hartheim (a gassing center for Mauthausen and Flossenbürg) where her father perished.