Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

Edita Š. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3669) interviewed by Peter Salner and Eva Salnerová,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3669

Videotape testimony of Edita Š., who was born in Czechoslovakia in 1923. She recalls growing up in Košice; Hungarian occupation in 1938; anti-Jewish restrictions; German occupation in spring 1944; forced labor; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in June; separation from her parents (she never saw them again); remaining with her sister and two friends; transfer three days later to Kasierwald, then to Rīga, Dundangen, and Stutthof; slave labor; walking to other camps; being injured in January; her sister and friends assisting her; hiding from the Germans; being shot while escaping (her sister and one friend were killed); hospitalization in Gdańsk for nine months; hearing from her cousin (she considered him her brother), her only surviving relative; returning home via Katowice and Žilina; several surgeries for her injury; marriage; and the births of two children. Mrs. Š. discusses pervasive, painful memories; the importance to her survival of her hope of returning home and assistance from her sister and friends; difficulty believing what she survived; and her invalid condition due to her war experiences.

Š., Edita, 1923-
Košice, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
March 25, 1995.
Košice (Slovakia)
Gdańsk (Poland)
Katowice (Poland)
Žilina (Slovakia)
3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Edita Š. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3669). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
View in Yale University Library Catalog:
Record last modified: 2018-05-30 11:44:00
This page: