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Jozef K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3664) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Králová,

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    Videotape testimony of Jozef K., who was born in Piešt̕any, Czechoslovakia in 1919. He recalls his father's death in 1925; the family's move to Bolešov; cordial relations with non-Jews; graduating from business school in 1940; conscription into the Jewish forced labor Sixth Slovak Brigade in March 1942; joining the "kosher" group; slave labor in many places; protection of the Brigade by General František Catlos; escape during the uprising in 1944; traveling to Banská Bystrica; joining the uprising with the partisans in many locations; hiding in forests; fleeing German forces with 300 partisans; hiding with assistance from locals; joining Czech forces; execution of SS by a Czech officer who had survived Auschwitz; entering Prague with liberating forces in May 1945; learning most of his family had been killed; reunion with his sister in Bratislava in February 1946 (she survived concentration camps); joining the Communist Party; marriage; losing his job because he had met Rudolf Slánský; and antisemitic discrimination. Mr. K. discusses ceasing to believe in God after learning most of his family was killed; believing his survival was due to luck; his lifelong commitment to fight fascism; and his recent return to Judaism. He sings the Sixth Brigade song.
    K., Jozef, 1919-
    Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
    Interview Date
    March 2, 1995.
    Piešt̕any (Slovakia)
    Bolešov (Slovakia)
    Banská Bystrica (Slovakia)
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Bratislava (Slovakia)
    Cite As
    Jozef K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3664). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Salner, Peter, interviewer.
    Králová, Ingrid, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Slovak.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 10 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Postwar effects.

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