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Eta P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3647)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3647

Videotape testimony of Eta P., who was born in Bardejov, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1921, the oldest of five children. She recalls her family's orthodoxy; a large extended family in Bardejov; attending public school; expulsion in 1939 due to anti-Jewish regulations; confiscation of their home and business; hiding during round-ups for deportation; one sister escaping to Hungary; round-up with her sisters to Poprad in early 1942; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; a cousin greeting them; brief hospitalization; the trauma of her sister's selection for gassing; assignment sorting clothing in Canada Kommando; smuggling extra food she found to friends; volunteering to carry dead bodies for extra food and privileges; reassignment to a lice removal unit, then to the kitchen in late 1944; evacuation in January 1945; bringing extra food from the kitchen; escaping from the death march; locals assisting her; traveling to Katowice; liberation by Soviet troops; barely avoiding rape by Soviet soldiers; returning to Bardejov; learning she was the sole survivor of her immediate and extended family; working in Prague; marriage in September 1946; her son's birth, emigration to Israel; and her daughter's birth there in 1950.

P., Eta, 1921-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
November 4 and November 11, 1994.
Bardejov (Slovakia)
Poprad (Slovakia)
Katowice (Poland)
Prague (Czech Republic)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eta P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3647). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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