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Eva K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-681) interviewed by Gabriele Schiff and Emanuel Landau

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-681

Videotape testimony of Eva K., who was born in Graz, Austria in 1917. She recalls her family's return to Prague due to antisemitism in Graz; an idyllic childhood; becoming a nurse; a Czech physician's warning to leave before March 15, 1938; her sister's departure for England; her mother's refusal to leave for Yugoslavia; German invasion on March 15; anti-Jewish restrictions; moving to the Jewish section; terror and reprisals following Heydrich's assassination; and transport in July 1942, with her mother, to Terezín. Mrs. K. relates constant hunger; frequent illnesses; work in the hospital; cultural events; transport in October 1944, with her mother, to Auschwitz; selection and separation from her mother; learning the fate of those who went "to the right"; appells; beating from kapos; the constant smell and clouds of smoke from burning flesh; transport to Oederan; work in a munitions factory; kindnesses shown by German foremen; transfer to Terezín; liberation by Soviets; returning to Prague upon learning her sister had returned; emigration in 1949 to Shanghai to join her future husband; the birth of her son; emigration to the United States in 1951; and adjustment difficulties. Mrs. K. discusses recurrent nightmares of the transports and her belief that no lessons have been learned from the Holocaust - that people have not changed.

Author/Creator
K., Eva, 1917-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
Interview Date
April 5, 1986.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eva K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-681). 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/997001
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