SynopsisErika F. was born in Budapest, Hungary on September 28, 1937. She describes her parents, sister and extended family. She recalls her father’s draft into a forced labor battalion. She recalls antisemitic encounters and discrimination. Erika describes receiving assistance from a non-Jewish aunt. She describes moving in a Swedish safe house with her family and escaping round-ups. She describes the living conditions and lack of food. She recalls seeing corpses, violence and destruction in the city. She recalls liberation by Soviet troops and learning of her father’s death. She discusses her mother’s remarriage and moving to Baj. She discusses the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and the decision to emigrate to Canada. Erika recalls her marriage to another survivor and discusses sharing their experiences with their children. Erika shows her schutzpass, letters and other documents.
RightsVancouver Holocaust Centre Society for Education and Remembrance | Holocaust Documentation Project | The University of British Columbia | Consent to Record and Retain Records on file
NoteThis interview is conducted by Ernie Forrai in part one and by Robert Krell in part two wherein Erika F. repeats her story in greater detail. Testimony was simultaneously recorded on video and audio cassette.