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Bianca B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1921) interviewed by Jaschael Pery

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1921

Videotape testimony of Bianca B., who was born in Rožkovany, Czechoslovakia in 1923. She describes cordial relations with non-Jews; Zionist activities in Lipany; her father believing they were safe due to their essential farm; anti-Jewish laws when Slovakia became independent; expulsion from school; a non-Jewish schoolmate saving her from a round-up; a Catholic women hiding her when she received a deportation notice; one sister's deportation with other relatives in 1942; a policeman warning them they would be taken in 1943; an aborted escape attempt; imprisonment in Sabinov; her father's beating; forced labor on a farm in Zemianska Kert;̕ German arrival following the Slovak uprising in 1944; escaping with her future husband, brother, and other relatives (her parents and sisters were deported); hiding in forest bunkers; assistance from local peasants; hiding with a peasant during the winter of 1945; liberation by Soviet troops; learning all of her deported family had been killed; marriage in 1945; and emigrating to the United States in 1948. Ms. B. discusses sharing her experience with her daughter when she attended college and visiting Slovakia in 1976. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
B., Bianca, 1923-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
December 4, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Bianca B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1921). 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/4285161
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:37:00
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