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Ladislav L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3683) interviewed by Peter Salner,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3683

Videotape testimony of Ladislav L., who was born in Lazy pod Makytou, Czechoslovakia in 1918. He recounts attending school in Prešov; traveling to emigrate to the United States in spring 1939; German soldiers stopping him in Horní Lideč; apprenticeship as a mechanic in Trenčín; paying to avoid military draft; working for a farmer in Kuzmice, using false papers; visiting a friend in Bojná; denunciation and arrest in Radošina; incarceration in Nitra; assistance from the Jewish community; transfer to Sered; a privileged position working for Kommandant Imrich Vasina, allowing him to leave camp; bribing the Hlinka guards to smuggle food, letters, and packages; obtaining false papers in Bratislava; escaping with several other prisoners in 1944; hiding in Vlčkovce and Zvolen; hearing about the Slovak uprising; traveling to Banská Bystrica to join the partisans; assignment to Špania Dolina; battles resulting in high casualties; digging shelters in the mountains to hide people and weapons; fighting with three German deserters; patrols in many locations; attending officer's training in Poprad; and studying in Bratislava. Mr. L. notes the deportations and killings of his parents, brother, sister and her child.

Author/Creator
L., Ladislav, 1918-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
June 19, 1995.
Locale
Slovakia
Czechoslovakia
Lazy pod Makytou (Slovakia)
Prešov (Slovakia)
Horní Lideč (Czech Reppublic)
Trenčín (Slovakia)
Kuzmice (Košický kraj, Slovakia)
Bojná (Slovakia)
Radošina (Slovakia)
Nitra (Slovakia)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Vlčkovce (Slovakia)
Zvolen (Slovakia)
Banská Bystrica (Slovakia)
Špania Dolina (Slovakia)
Poprad (Slovakia)
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ladislav L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3683). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.