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Magda S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3672) interviewed by Zuzana Fialová

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3672

Videotape testimony of Magda S., who was born in Nemšová, Czechoslovakia in 1922. She recalls growing up in Nová Baňa; pleasant relations with non-Jews; attending school in Levice; returning home when Hungary occupied Levice; anti-Jewish regulations after Slovakia became independent; marriage; a Hlinka Guard leader attempting to deport them with unmarried people; escaping to Budapest via Kálna with help from a Slovak farmer; living with relatives and in parks; obtaining false papers; moving frequently to avoid discovery; her parents coming to Budapest; receiving packages from school friends; living in a basement for two months during the siege; mass shootings of Jews at the Danube; liberation in January 1945; finding her parents; traveling to Bratislava in May; her husband's communist affiliation leading to his good position; his imprisonment in 1948 during the political trials; losing her job and expulsion from their apartment; her husband's return two years later; and his death at age sixty-five. Mrs. S. discusses her loneliness (she never had children); her brother's deportation (he did not return); the importance of luck to their survival; and the survival of only one Jewish classmate.

S., Magda, 1922-
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
March 25, 1995.
3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Magda S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3672). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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