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Jan S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3688) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Antalová

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3688

Videotape testimony of Jan S., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1923, one of two children. He recounts his parents' assimilated lifestyle; his bar mitzvah to please his grandfather; participating with his sister in an anti-fascist youth group; moving with his family to Piešt̕any in 1938; joining the resistance; printing pamphlets and operating an illegal transmitter for the underground; arrest and imprisonment; solitary confinement for one year; transfer to Nováky; assignment to a privileged position as an electrician; joining the underground; obtaining a radio and weapons; convincing guards to join the partisans; a revolt in Nováky; escaping with others; joining the Slovak uprising; fighting in Handlová, Zemianske Kostoľany, Partizánske, Banská Bystrica and other places; being wounded twice; translating for British soldiers; a physician sending him to officer school in Poprad (he was too ill to fight); learning his mother and sister had survived in hiding and his father had been killed; working as a journalist; dismissal in 1952 for criticizing the regime and being Jewish; rehabilitation; and working for Alexander Dubček. Mr. S. notes the deportations and deaths of almost all his large, extended family.

Author/Creator
S., Jan, 1923-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
June 29, 1995.
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jan S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3688 Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.