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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.
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.