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Vera S. testimony 1981 [video recording]

Holocaust Testimony

GenreTestimonies
Object IDVS8102_01_VA
Date of Recording18 February 1981

InterviewerKrell, Robert
IntervieweeSlyomovics, Vera
Duration1h 37m 0.0s
LanguageEnglish
SynopsisVera S. describes her family. She describes graduating from school in Budapest. She describes hiding in a church. She describes giving herself up to the Gestapo so she could go to the ghetto to be with her family. She describes the selection process and showers at Auschwitz. She recalls the experience of other relatives in the camp. Vera was transferred to Płaszow camp. She describes forced labour. She discusses receiving help from other prisoners in the camp. Vera describes being transferred back to Auschwitz. She describes the cruelty and abuse from female guards. She describes the conditions of the camp. Vera discusses how she and her mother helped each other. She describes transfer to Leipzig near the end of the war. She describes forced labour in a factory. She describes seeing civilians. Vera describes the death march to Theresienstadt. She describes meeting non-Jewish prisoners who were part of the French underground. She recalls how they helped her and her mother escape during a bombing. Vera and her mother then returned to the original camp, which was then liberated by United States troops. She describes returning to Budapest to go to university and then to Czechoslovakia for medical school. She describes meeting her husband, who was a British soldier. She describes fleeing Czechoslovakia to Austria. Her family then moved to Canada. She recalls meeting another prisoner after the war and learning that a camp guard was residing in the United States. She discusses her number and tattoo. She discusses her identity as a survivor and explains how she does not feel guilt or a need for revenge. She describes her experience watching Holocaust films and television programmes. She discusses the shortcomings of films that do not depict the conditions of the camp. She discusses Holocaust denial material and theories. She discusses her Jewish identity. She discusses Israel. She discusses sharing her experience with her children. She discusses their education and participation in the Jewish community. She discusses her reason for giving testimony. 
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.