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Juraj A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3687) interviewed by Zuzana Fialová and Zora Bútorová

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3687

Videotape testimony of Juraj A., who was born in Kladno, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1937. He recounts baptism of his entire family; an uncle in the United States sending them tickets to travel there in 1938; not going due to his father's illness; his death in 1941; his mother's remarriage; living in Rybárpole; his grandfather's privileged position as a factory owner; fleeing to Černová; moving to Velk̕á Bytča in summer 1944; anti-Jewish restrictions, including the yellow star; living briefly with his stepfather's parents; hiding in mountain villages, including Štrba, Ružomberok, Súlo̕v, and Porúbka, with assistance from the partisans; searches by Germans; observing abuse of Soviet prisoners of war; German retreat; liberation by Soviet troops; their return to Ružomberok; futile efforts to reclaim some of his grandfather's property; his stepfather changing their surname to avoid antisemitic harassment; his stepfather's arrest and imprisonment for eleven years because he was a Zionist; fleeing to Vienna, then the United States in 1968 due to Soviet repression; and learning about his grandparents' deportation from the Red Cross in 1977. He shows photographs, documents, and a book by Josef Bor that includes entries from a diary his uncle wrote in Theresienstadt.

Author/Creator
A., Juraj, 1937-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
June 28, 1995.
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS submaster; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Juraj A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3687). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.