Magda K. testimony 1983 [video recording]
Date of Recording05 October 1983
Duration1h 58m 39.0s
SynopsisMagda was born in 1916 in Miskolc, Hungary. She describes her family and her affluent upbringing. She describes the Jewish community. She discusses her siblings’ university education and how her brother had to attend school in France due to quotas in Hungary. Magda recalls her marriage in 1939 and their move to Heves. She discusses learning of changes across Europe and increasing danger. She describes her husband’s draft into a forced labour camp and loss of control of his business. She describes visiting her husband in the camp. She discusses her pregnancy and birth of her son. She describes deportation to a ghetto. She recalls discarding jewellery and money in a toilet rather than having them confiscated. She describes being taken to Kerecsend. She describes transfer by train to Auschwitz. She recalls being told by another prisoner upon arrival to give her son to an older woman and reluctantly doing so during the selection process. She describes her attempts to find her son. She discusses her number and tattoo. She describes the conditions and forced labour in the camp. Magda describes reuniting with her sister who arrived in a later transport. She describes speaking with a female guard to arrange to be on the same transfer to Ravensbruck as her sister. She describes the conditions in the camp. She describes their transfer to Genshagen to work in an underground airplane factory. She recalls receiving punishment for fasting on Yom Kippur. She discusses menstruation. She describes how withdrawing German troops set fires and how the prisoners had escaped. She recalls arriving in Lutz where they were liberated first by United States troops then Soviet troops, who transferred them to Prenzlau camp. She describes traveling to Budapest and learning her husband, father, and brother survived. She describes their return to Heves and her daughter’s birth in 1946. She describes moving to Budapest. She describes experiencing continued antisemitism and their decision to immigrate to Canada. She describes escaping in the night and travelling by foot to Austria. Magda discusses sharing her experiences and giving testimony. She discusses her daughter’s experiences as a child of survivors. She discusses her guilt over giving her son away and knowing that he perished. Magda discusses how her relationship with her sister was important to her survival.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.