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Chaim W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1487) interviewed by Susanne Glaser and Adele Rice Nudel

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1487

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.

Author/Creator
W., Chaim, 1932-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
Interview Date
March 18, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1089245
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