Rose F. testimony 1984 [video recording]
Date of Recording09 May 1984
SynopsisRose F. was born August 30, 1924 in Szentgotthárd, Hungary. She describes her family. She describes the small Jewish community. She recalls first encountering antisemitism when she was made to wear the yellow star and when her parents business was forced to close. She recalls attending high school in Körmend then moving to Budapest in 1943 to live with two aunts. She recalls the German occupation and returning to Szentgotthárd. She describes ghettoization in Szombathely. She describes deportation by train to Auschwitz. She describes the selection process and being separated from her parents. She describes the conditions in Birkenau. She describes transfer to another camp for forced labour in a sewing factory. She recalls stealing newspapers and how she learned the end of the war was near. She describes liberation by Russian troops. She recalls receiving assistance from the factory owner. She describes traveling by foot and train through Czechoslovakia to Budapest. She reunited with her aunts and later her brother. She discusses recovering in Szentgotthárd. She describes finding employment in Budapest with a newspaper until 1956. She describes escaping to Austria with a colleague. She describes immigrating to Canada via England. She describes meeting her husband in Vancouver. She discusses sharing her experience with her daughter.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.