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Tibor P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2939) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2939

Videotape testimony of Tibor P., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in 1921. He describes participating in Zionist organizations; the influx of Austrian refugees in 1938; German invasion; obtaining false papers in 1940; anti-Jewish laws; compulsory service in a Slovak forced labor battalion in Svätý Jur in 1941; learning his parents were deported in June 1942; returning to Bratislava in March 1943; escaping to join the Slovak uprising in Banská Bystrica in August 1944; being wounded; fighting in Donovaly in September; surrendering in October; escaping with his friend to Banská Bystrica; joining partisans in Banská Štiavnica; their defeat and capture; the killing of every fifth prisoner; escaping in December; joining another partisan unit; translating for the Soviet army in Levice; transfer to Košice, then in February 1945 to Bucharest; working as a translator for UNRRA until August; anti-Jewish violence in Topol̕čany in September 1945; moving to Prague; refusing to join the Communist Party in 1946; losing his job; and emigration to Venezuela, then to Montréal in 1959, and to the United States in 1969. Mr. P. emphasizes the importance of fighting back and luck to his survival. He shows his medals for partisan activities.

Author/Creator
P., Tibor, 1921-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
April 21, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Tibor P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2939). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.