Magda S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3677) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Antalová
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
- Interview Date
- May 18, 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-3677). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Magda S., who was born in Trebišov, Slovakia in 1924. She recounts her family's move to Bratislava; joining a Zionist group; Slovak independence; anti-Jewish measures; an antisemitic attack; moving to Michalovce in winter 1941/1942; hiding during round-ups; her family's decision to enter Hungary illegally; obtaining money from an aunt in Humenné to pay a smuggler; traveling to Uz︠h︡horod, then Budapest; visiting a cousin in Sevljus (Vynohradiv) in 1943; joining the underground; obtaining false papers with her boyfriend; German occupation in March 1944; arrest in October; imprisonment with her sister; meeting their mother in prison; giving a false younger age; placement in a children's home in Rakospalota (XV. Kerület); release with her mother and sister with assistance from the director of the children's home; moving to a Swedish safe house; allied bombings; frequent moves; liberation by Soviet troops in January 1945; returning to Slovakia with her family; searching for relatives in Novosad; and returning to Bratislava. Mrs. S. discusses the importance of many people's help to her family's survival; her children's marriages to non-Jews; continuing fear of Germans; teaching the grandson of a Slovak war criminal; and not emigrating to stay with her parents. She shows photographs.