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Selma S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3667) interviewed by Peter Salner and Martin Bútora,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3667

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    Videotape testimony of Selma S., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in 1925, one of four children. She recalls her family's focus on Zionism and culture; their orthodoxy; spending time with her large extended family; her paternal family's bookstore, a cultural center; attending German and Jewish schools; her father having to transfer his bookstore to a non-Jew; arrest and deportation of her parents and brother by Hlinka guards (she never saw them again); incarceration with her younger brother in Žilina; their release through her uncle's intervention; staying with an aunt in Nové Mesto nad Váhom; arranging with a Zionist organization to illegally emigrate to Palestine; arrest en route; incarceration in Bratislava; release; living in Bratislava; forming a group with young men from the Sixth Battalion; she and her aunt being arrested by the Germans; transfer to Sered; an appendectomy; transfer to Theresienstadt in 1944; working in the hospital; living in Prague after liberation; arrest in 1948 for attempting to go to London to join her fiancé; release six months later; and returning to Bratislava. Ms. S. discusses pervasive painful memories of the loss of ninety-one relatives, especially her parents and brothers; postwar hardships and antisemitism; satisfaction from recently re-opening the family bookstore; and visiting relatives in Israel.
    S., Selma, 1925-
    Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
    Interview Date
    March 19, 1995.
    Bratislava (Slovakia)
    Nové Mesto nad Váhom (Slovakia)
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Cite As
    Selma S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3667). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Salner, Peter, interviewer.
    Bútora, Martin, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Slovak.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: VHS dub; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 45 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Hlinka guard.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.

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