Eva K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-681) interviewed by Gabriele Schiff and Emanuel Landau
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
- Interview Date
- April 5, 1986.
- 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.
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.