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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3667

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)
3 copies: VHS dub; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Selma S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3667). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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