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Ema P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3663) interviewed by Peter Salner and Eva Riečanská,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3663

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Ema P., who was born in Holíč, Slovakia in 1924. She recalls her father's death; her mother's remarriage to a non-Jewish, Russian physician; leaving school as a result of anti-Jewish laws; her adoptive father arranging for her to avoid deportations beginning in 1942 with assistance from other non-Jews; his work with the partisans; fleeing to Slatina nad Bebravou using false papers; her father leaving them when he fought in the uprising; traveling with her mother to Bratislava during the chaos of German attacks; her father joining them; exposure by a German from Holíč; arrest; interrogation in Vlčkovia; transfer with her mother to Sered', then Ravensbrück; assistance from two Czech prisoners; useless slave labor; living in the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); her mother's death; assistance from an Austrian communist when she was ill; tearing off her Jewish emblem to pose as a political prisoner; hospitalization; remaining behind during evacuation; liberation by Soviet troops; return home; reunion with her father; and studying in Moscow. Ms. P. discusses ethnic groups in the camps; losing her illusions about her parents' power to save her; and her father's fight to save her and her mother. She shows photographs.
    Author/Creator
    P., Ema, 1924-
    Published
    Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
    Interview Date
    March 1, 1995.
    Locale
    Czechoslovakia
    Holíč (Slovakia)
    Slovakia
    Slatina nad Bebravou (Slovakia)
    Bratislava (Slovakia)
    Vlčkovia (Slovakia)
    Moscow (Russia)
    Cite As
    Ema P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3663). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Salner, Peter, interviewer.
    Riečanská, Eva, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in Slovak.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Slovak
    Copies
    3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 32 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Hiding.
    False papers.
    Mutual aid.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4292088
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:25:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt4292088

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