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Vlasta S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3352) inteviewed by Anna Hyndráková

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3352

Videotape testimony of Vlasta S., who was born in Lubná, Czechoslovakia in 1920, one of five children. She describes cordial relations with non-Jews; anti-Jewish restrictions after German occupation; non-Jewish friends helping them; deportation with her family to Kladno in February 1942; transport to Theresienstadt four days later; working as a nurse; volunteering to go with her family in May 1944, despite her exemption from deportation due to her job; horrendous conditions in the transport to Auschwitz; living in the family camp; transfer with her sister to a woman's barrack, then to Christianstadt; slave labor cutting trees, building roads, and in the kitchen; sharing extra food with fellow prisoners; a death march in February 1945; train transport to Bergen-Belsen; a chance meeting with her brothers (she never saw them again); becoming ill; liberation by British troops; being taken with her sister to Sweden by the Swedish Red Cross; a lengthy recuperation; returning home in 1947; family friends caring for them; learning they were the only survivors from her family; moving to Prague; continuing medical treatment until 1949; marriage; and her daughter's birth. Ms. S. shows photographs.

S., Vlasta, 1920-
Prague, Czech Republic : Nadace Film & Sociologie, 1996
Interview Date
January 16, 1996.
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Vlasta S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3352). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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