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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.
Locale
Slovakia
Czechoslovakia
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Humenné (Slovakia)
Svätý Jur (Slovakia)
Kostolná (Slovakia)
Dubnica nad Váhom (Slovakia)
Banská Bystrica (Slovakia)
Trebišov (Slovakia)
Dubnica (Slovakia)
Sabinov (Slovakia)
Valaská Belá (Slovakia)
Kláštor pod Znievom (Slovakia)
Dvorník (Slovakia)
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.