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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3664

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.

Author/Creator
K., Jozef, 1919-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
March 2, 1995.
Locale
Slovakia
Piešt̕any (Slovakia)
Czechoslovakia
Bolešov (Slovakia)
Banská Bystrica (Slovakia)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jozef K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3664). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.