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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3663

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.
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ema P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3663). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4292088
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