Chaim W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1487) interviewed by Susanne Glaser and Adele Rice Nudel
- Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
- Interview Date
- March 18, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Chaim W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1487). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Chaim W., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1932 and raised in Topoĺčany, Czechoslovakia. He recalls anti-Semitic incidents from childhood; an influx of Jewish refugees from Austria; Slovakia's increasing stringent anti-Jewish regulations and violent actions by the Hlinka Guards; hiding with non-Jewish friends; discovery and deportation to Novaky in June 1942; different jobs held by his family; efforts to observe the Sabbath; the Czech Kommandant allowing prisoners to escape in August 1944 prior to the camp's transfer to Germans; fleeing with his family to Banská Bystrica; hiding in the forest; their capture in late 1944 and escape shortly thereafter; hiding in the woods with assistance from many non-Jews; and liberation by Soviet troops in February 1945. Mr. W. describes his bar mitzvah celebration; returning to Topoĺčany; their flight to Austria in the summer of 1945 because of a violent pogrom; living in a displaced persons camp; and emigration to the United States in June 1946.