Pavel K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3690) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Králová
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
- Interview Date
- July 17, 1995.
- 3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Pavel K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3690). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Pavel K., who was born in Borčice, Slovakia in 1938. He recounts deportation with his family to Žilina in 1942; their release due to intervention from a well-connected uncle; living in Bratislava; being hidden by their non-Jewish landlord in 1944; their arrest by Hlinka Guard; his father being tortured and stating their false papers were supplied by a cousin (Jozef K.), who was serving in the partisans so could not be found; deportation to Sered;̕ transport, with his mother, to Bergen-Belsen; her bringing a book and reading to him; starvation; serious illnesses; placement in the infirmary; visits from his mother; she and an uncle obtaining medicine for him; playing with other children; his trauma upon seeing prisoners beaten to death; liberation by British troops in April 1945; recuperating for two weeks; their journey to Prague, then Bratislava; reunion with his brother; and learning his father had perished in Buchenwald. Mr. K. discusses the importance of his mother's optimism and assistance in dealing with constant fear and to his survival; corpses becoming normal in Belsen; his mother's chronic illnesses resulting from Bergen-Belsen; and his painful visit to Bergen-Belsen after his mother's recent death. He shows photographs and memorabilia.