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Jolana M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3692) interviewed by Peter Salner and Eva Salnerová,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3692

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    Videotape testimony of Jolana M., who was born in Podwilk, Poland, one of six children. She recalls graduating from Gymnasium in Zakopane in 1932; not attending medical school due to a Jewish quota; attending nursing school in Warsaw; working at a Jewish hospital; joining Hashomer Hatzair; German invasion; fleeing to Soviet-occupied Białystok; returning to Warsaw; posing as a Catholic to travel home, then to Bratislava; working in the Jewish hospital; deportation of the hospital staff to Žilina; selection to work in an old-age home in Nové Mesto nad Váhom; her parents' arrival at the home; her mother's death in 1944; escaping, at her father's urging (he refused to join her and she never saw him again); traveling to Bratislava using false papers; working as a domestic, then for a tailor; liberation by Soviet troops; and providing medical assistance to Jewish refugees in Petržalka. Mrs. M. recalls learning that the tailor knew she was Jewish; details of her siblings deaths during the Holocaust; and not externalizing her emotions due to her war experiences.
    M., Jolana, ca. 1913-
    Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
    Interview Date
    August 30, 1995.
    Podwilk (Poland)
    Zakopane (Poland)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Białystok (Poland)
    Bratislava (Slovakia)
    Nové Mesto nad Váhom (Slovakia)
    Petržalka (Bratislava, Slovakia)
    Cite As
    Jolana M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3692). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Salner, Peter, interviewer.
    Salnerová, Eva, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Slovak.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 VHS in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 49 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar effects.
    Mutual aid.
    Soviet occupation.
    False papers.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Antisemitism Prewar.

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