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Mikulas H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2582) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2582

Videotape testimony of Mikulas H., who was born in Levoča, Czechoslovakia in 1921. He recounts his parents' and grandparents histories; their assimilated lifestyle; volunteering for the Czech army in September 1938; Slovak independence in March 1939; anti-Jewish laws resulting in his expulsion from university; conscription into the Sixth Slovak Brigade for forced labor in September 1941; assignments in Humenné, Vranov, and Svätý Jur; learning of his parents' deportation in 1942; deserting using false papers; resistance activities; observing a cattle train of Jews from Salonika at the station in Sered; brief imprisonment for desertion; joining partisans in the uprising in September 1944 in Banská Bystrica; hiding in the forests; demobilization in March 1945; returning to Levoča in April; working in Košice; changing his name to be less "German" sounding; briefly attending university in Prague; and emigration to the United States in February 1946 to join an uncle. Mr. H. discusses a great deal of historical background; continuing contacts with a few people from his hometown and from the Sixth Brigade; and sharing his experiences with one daughter.

Author/Creator
H., Mikulas, 1921-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
March 25, 1993.
Locale
Slovakia
Levoča (Slovakia)
Czechoslovakia
Vranov nad Topl̕ou (Slovakia)
Svätý Jur (Slovakia)
Košice (Slovakia)
Humenné (Slovakia)
Banská Bystrica (Slovakia)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Sered ̕(Slovakia)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Mikulas H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2582). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.