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Alzbeta D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3364)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3364

Videotape testimony of Alzbeta D., a Romani, who was born in Dlhé nad Cirochou, Czechoslovakia in 1929, one of nine children. She recounts her father was a blacksmith; cordial relations with Jews; deportation of all the Romanies in town to Dubnica nad Váhom; harsh conditions; a guard who had known her relatives warning her not to reveal when they were sick since the sick were killed; warning everyone else; shootings and beatings by Hlinka guards; punishment of a man in February who had to strip and jump into a cesspool (he died); liberation by Soviet troops in winter; fleeing through the woods with her family group of over fifty; encounters with Germans who killed several of them; some children starving to death; Red Cross assistance in Žilina; arriving home in July; finding their house vandalized; her father's employment as a bricklayer by the communists; marriage to a man she had met in Dubnica nad Váhom; and the birth of six children. Mrs. D. notes all the Jews in her village were deported and the achievements of her sons.

Author/Creator
D., Alzbeta, 1929-
Published
Prague, Czech Republic : Nadace Film & Sociologie, 1996
Interview Date
January 31, 1996.
Language
Romani
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Alzbeta D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3364). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.