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Oral history interview with Judit Herskovitz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.378 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0378

Judith (Judit) Herskovitz, born in 1928 in Tiszadada, Hungary, discusses being the oldest of three children; attending a Catholic school; cordial relations with non-Jews; her father's military draft in 1939, then his transfer to a Hungarian slave labor battalion; anti-Jewish restrictions impacting the family's business; German invasion in 1944; round-up to the synagogue; deportation to Nyáregyháza, then two weeks later to a warehouse; deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau; separation from her brother, mother, and grandmother; forced labor carrying stones outside the camp; seeing her brother from afar; separation from her sister; receiving a letter from her mother; a prisoner giving her medical treatment; transfer to Torgau; slave labor in a munitions factory; Allied bombing; a death march; begging for food from villagers; liberation by Soviet troops; living in abandoned German homes; hospitalization in Chemnitz for six months; traveling to Berlin, then Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; joining a kibbutz; returning home briefly, then living in Budapest; immigration to Israel in 1948; sharing her experiences with her children; and the difficulty accepting that her family had been killed. (She shows photographs.)

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Judit Herskovitz
interview:  2000 June 15
4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:50:17
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