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Ladislav Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3695) interviewed by Peter Salner and Eva Riecanská,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3695

Videotape testimony of Ladislav Z., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1919, one of three children. He recounts living in Trnava; moving to Bratislava in 1926; his parents' assimilated lifestyle; he and his sister attending high school; active participation in a small communist group; attending medical school in 1937; Hlinka guard expelling Jewish students in 1938; working in forestry, then as a journalist for an illegal communist magazine; enrolling in law school; expulsion in 1941; draft into a forced labor group; postings in Čemerné, Liptovský Hrádok, then Svätý Jur; obtaining false papers with assistance from non-Jews; escaping to Banská Bystrica; returning to Bratislava in fall 1943; meeting his future wife; living with his parents; working as a non-Jew; his mother's death from cancer in April 1944; arrest and imprisonment in August; transfer to Sered in January 1945; humiliating slave labor cleaning Gestapo headquarters; transfer to Theresienstadt in March; and liberation by Soviet troops in May. Mr. Z. notes his father and his wife's parents were deported and killed, but his sister (she was married to a non-Jew) and brother (he was a partisan) survived. He discusses activities of his communist group.

Z., Ladislav, 1919-
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
September 25, 1995.
Budapest (Hungary)
Trnava (Slovakia)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Čemerné (Vranov nad Topl̕ou, Slovakia)
Svätý Jur (Slovakia)
Liptovský Hrádok (Slovakia)
Banská Bystrica (Slovakia)
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS submaster; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ladislav Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3695). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.