Irena W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3662) interviewed by Peter Salner and Eva Salnerová
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
- Interview Date
- February 26, 1995.
- 3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Irena W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3662). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Irena W., who was born in Nová Bystrica, in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Slovakia), in 1909. She recalls living in Stará Bystrica; attending Hungarian, then Czech schools; studying in Žilina and Bratislava; working in Petržalka; relocation of her company to Bratislava due to anti-Jewish measures; deportation to Žilina in 1942; escape with assistance from a guard she knew; hiding in Bratislava with assistance from a policeman, then in Ružomberok; marriage; deportation exemption because her husband was a doctor; working as an accountant; hiding her husband's brother; confiscation of her possessions when attending a wedding in Holíč; visiting her niece in Skalica accompanied by the policeman; being rounded-up for deportation; the policeman saving her; hiding with her husband; and living in Michalovce, Krompachy, and Spišská Nova Ves. Mrs. W. discusses unsuccessfully attempting to obtain compensation for her family property after liberation; the deportation and deaths of most of her family; having converted prior to the war, but not benefitting from it; and imprisonment of the guard who helped her escape despite her letter of support.