Herta V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3674) interviewed by Eva Riecanska and Peter Salner
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
- Interview Date
- April 13, 1995.
- 3 copies: VHS submaster; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Herta V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3674). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Herta V., who was born in 1930. She recalls attending Jewish boarding school in Trnava; antisemitic violence by Slovak guardsmen; returning home; arrest with her brother and parents; their incarcerations in Sered; being released due to her father's connections; their move to Bratislava to live as non-Jews under false names; denunciation and arrest; incarceration in Sered;̕ organized theater and music groups; deportation to Birkenau; refusing to accompany her younger cousin through the selection; separation from her father, aunt, and cousins (she never saw them again); remaining with her mother; tortuous appells, crowding, and arduous slave labor; hiding with her mother in the latrines to avoid work; separation from her mother (she never saw her again); transfer to Vrchlabi; slave labor making parts for V1 and V2 rockets; sadistic guards; liberation by Czech partisans; returning to Bratislava; and reunion with her brother. Mrs. V. discusses a recent visit to Birkenau.