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