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Pavla K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3354) interviewed by Anna Hyndráková

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3354

Videotape testimony of Pavla K., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1913. She recounts her family's move to Prague in 1914; living in Bubeneč ; attending Czech school; German invasion of Poland; her father's and brother's arrest as Poles; visiting them in Ostrava; their deportation to Poland; marriage in December 1939; the birth of children in 1940 and 1942; deportation of her mother and sister to Theresienstadt; obtaining false papers in December 1942; her husband traveling to Budapest with the children; joining them; their move to Lučenec; her husband's draft into a forced labor battalion; transfer with her children to the ghetto; escaping with her husband and children with assistance from her brother; hiding in Banská Štiavnica, then Kozelník; participating in resistance activities; fleeing with the children to Tisovec, then hiding in nearby mountains; her husband's brief visit; traveling to Pohronská Polhora; arrest; escaping from a train in Vrútky; traveling to Poltár; hiding with assistance from Evangelicals in Mládzovo; liberation by Soviet troops; reunion with her husband in Hajnáčka; her daughter's birth in Lučenec in July 1945; and their return to Prague. Ms. K. notes the murders of many relatives by the Nazis. She shows photographs and her paintings.

K., Pavla, 1913-
Prague, Czech Republic : Nadace Film & Sociologie, 1996
Interview Date
January 17, 1996.
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Pavla K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3354). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.