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Arieh F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1811) interviewed by Tamar Shushan and Iris Berlatzky,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1811

Videotape testimony of Arieh F., a twin, who was born in a village in Czechoslovakia in approximately 1929. He recalls his family's farm; attending a Slovak school with his twin brother, then a Jewish school in nearby Nitra; antisemitism beginning with Slovak independence in early 1939; transports of Jews to unknown destinations; his and his brother's b'nai mitzvah in 1942; his father's deportation to Nováky in 1943; being hidden with his brother in Bratislava; his mother's deportation to Nováky; surrendering themselves to join their parents; being guarded by Hlinka guard; administration of Nováky by the Jewish prisoners; schools and cultural events; escaping during the camp revolt in August 1944; joining an aunt who was hiding as a non-Jew in Karviná, using false papers as non-Jews; hiding in a grave-like hole in the field of a non-Jew; returning to their own village; hiding with several non-Jewish famers; learning his aunt had been killed trying to bring them money; surrendering themselves when they no longer could find hiding places; his brother's debilitation from tuberculosis; deportation to Theresienstadt; forced labor; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Bratislava ten days later; encountering antisemitism when reclaiming their house, and emigration to Israel in 1949.

F., Arieh, 1929?-
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1985-1986
Interview Date
November 20, 1985 and January 22, 1986.
Nitra (Slovakia)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Karviná (Czech Republic)
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacamp SP restoration master; Betacamp SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Arieh F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1811). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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