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Magda F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1185) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer and Sara Moss Herz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1185

Videotape testimony of Magda F., who was born in a small town in Czechoslovakia, in 1918. Mrs. F. recalls her happy prewar life as the youngest of seven in a middle-class family; increasing antisemitic restrictions after 1939; her family's rejection of hiding, since it involved separation; marriage and her mother's death in 1941; her husband and brother being drafted for a Hungarian labor battalion soon after (she never saw either of them again); deportation with her family to Kos̆ice in May 1941; and deportation to Auschwitz. She details camp routine; transport to Płaszów, where she did pointless and degrading tasks in several satellite camps; return to Auschwitz in August 1944; transport to an aircraft factory at Leipzig; suffering from cold, hunger and disease; a sixteen-day death march to Theresienstadt in April 1945; and liberation by Soviet forces. She tells of returning to her hometown; learning that only five out of fifty in her family survived; marrying her brother-in-law (whose wife had also perished) in Kos̆ice; emigrating to the United States in 1948; and the lingering memories which tormented them for years.

F., Magda, 1918-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
April 14, 1989.
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Magda F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1185). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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