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Walter P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3661) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Králová

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3661

Videotape testimony of Walter P., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in 1921. He recounts attending Czech and Jewish schools; his bar mitzvah; playing soccer with Maccabi in Dubnica; anti-Jewish restrictions resulting in the banning of Jews from soccer in 1939; working in Bratislava; a beating by German soldiers; conscription into the Sixth Slovak Brigade in October 1941; postings in Sabinov and Humenné; forced labor in Svätý Jur; sneaking away to Vajnory (Dvorník) and Bratislava on weekends; playing soccer for the Brigade, then for the Hlinka team; transfer in 1943 to Kostolná, then Dubnica nad Váhom; escaping to join the uprising in Valaská Belá, Kláštor pod Znievom, and Banská Bystrica; supplying the resistance fighters; hiding in the mountains when the uprising failed; transfer to a hospital in Trebišov; living in Dubnica after the war; moving to Bratislava in October 1946; continuing to play soccer; and working as a ground hockey referee. Mr. P. discusses his parents' and relatives' deaths after deportation; the fates of his teammates; and attending reunions of the Sixth Slovak Brigade in Bratislava and Israel. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
P., Walter, 1921-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
February 12, 1995.
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Walter P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3661). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.