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Pavel S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3349) interviewed by Anna Hyndráková,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3349

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Pavel S., who was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1921. He recalls his cordial relations with non-Jews; one antisemitic professor; German occupation; his father's suicide in 1940; his deportation to Theresienstadt in December 1941 (he never saw his mother again); reunion with his fiancée; their marriage on December 16, 1943; deportation to the Auschwitz/Birkenau family camp the next day; slave labor; his wife sharing food with him; assignment to the children's block; selection during liquidation of the family camp in March 1944; transfer to Schwarzheide; Allied air raids; sharing food with his friends; the death march to Varnsdorf in April 1945; the guards' disappearance; walking to Theresienstadt; returning to Prague; reunion with his wife in July; his draft into the Czech army; the births of his sons in 1947 and 1950; and working as a translator. Mr. S. discusses teaching the children in Auschwitz and their relative "happiness"; Joseph Mengele attending their weekly shows; Ota Kraus's books about the children's block; neither informing his children and grandchildren they were Jewish nor sharing his experiences with them; his sense that Hitler won even though he and his wife survived; and continuing nightmares. He shows photographs and documents.
    Author/Creator
    S., Pavel, 1921-
    Published
    Prague, Czech Republic : Nadace Film & Sociologie, 1996
    Interview Date
    January 15, 1996.
    Locale
    Czech Republic
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Varnsdorf (Czech Republic)
    Cite As
    Pavel S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3349). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Hyndráková, Anna, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in Czech.
    Related publication: Můj bratr dým / Ota B. Kraus. -- Praha : Nakl. Panorama,c1993.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Czech
    Copies
    2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 14 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Marriage in concentration camps.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4291318
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:23:00
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