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Betty D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1267) interviewed by Susan Millen and Joanne Weiner Rudof,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1267

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    Videotape testimony of Betty D., who was born in Bodrogkeresztúr, Hungary in 1927. She recalls pleasant experiences in an observant home; attending Hungarian schools; friendships with non-Jews; disbelief in the horror stories of Polish refugees; unexpected change in 1944; anti-Jewish measures; transfer to the Sátoraljaújhely ghetto; deportation three weeks later to Auschwitz; separation from her father, mother and brother; efforts to always remain with her sister; work in the Canada Kommando; the emotional trauma of being beaten; her sister's efforts to protect her; and the public hanging of prisoners who had blown up a crematorium. Mrs. D. recounts evacuation to Bergen-Belsen; dreaming of her mother; transfer to Braunschweig to clean up bombing rubble, then to Bernsdorf to work in a salt mine; liberation from a train; transfer to Denmark, then Sweden for recovery; the kindness of the Swedish people; attending school; discovering her brother had survived and lived in Palestine; emigration to the United States in 1950; adjustment difficulties; marriage; and the birth of her children. She discusses ignorance of outside events while in the camps; wondering "where God was;" the loss of almost her entire family; regrets that she had not told her children of her experiences; and discovering her photograph in The Auschwitz Album.
    D., Betty, 1927-
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University, 1989
    Interview Date
    July 10, 1989.
    Braunschweig (Germany)
    Bodrogkeresztúr (Hungary)
    Cite As
    Betty D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1267). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Millen, Susan, interviewer.
    Rudof, Joanne Weiner, interviewer.
    Related publication: The Auschwitz album : a book based upon an album discovered by a concentration camp survivor, Lili Meier / text by Peter Hellman. -- 1st ed. -- New York : Random House, c1981.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 45 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Survivor-child relations.
    Postwar experiences.

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