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Pavel T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3686) interviewed by Peter Salner and Eva Salnerová,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3686

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    Videotape testimony of Pavel T., who was born in Slovakia in 1941. He recounts living in permanent fear as a child; Jews meeting in their home in Ilava; his father's dental practice; being warned in summer 1941 they would be deported; escaping with his parents, grandfather, and uncle to woods in Zliechov; his father's patients helping them dig a bunker; near discovery; building another bunker near Valaská Belá; moving several more times; cold and starvation; his mother protecting him with her body when Germans approached; his uncle leaving to find food and not returning (he was arrested and saved from execution by classmates); liberation by Soviet troops; not speaking for nine months due to his fear; and seldom speaking of these times with his family. Dr. T. notes thirty-five family members were killed by the Nazis; lifelong effects of these experiences; recognizing a Slovak Nazi, Alexander Mach, when he sought medical treatment from Dr. T and asking him not to return; gratitude to many people who risked their lives to save his family; rarely discussing his experiences with his daughters; welcoming the end of communism; and his grandfather's postwar reorganization of Jewish life. He shows photographs, documents, and objects from the war years.
    T., Pavel, 1941-
    Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
    Interview Date
    June 25, 1995.
    Ilava (Slovakia)
    Zliechov (Slovakia)
    Valaská Belá (Slovakia)
    Cite As
    Pavel T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3686). 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 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (45 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Mutual aid.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

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