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Fridrich F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3697) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Antalová

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3697

Videotape testimony of Fridrich F., who was born in Bratislava, Slovakia in 1932. He recalls a happy childhood; increasing antisemitic harassment; deportation with his parents in 1942 to Sered, which was run by Slovak Hlinka guards; attending school and social events; escape during the Slovak uprising in 1944; traveling to Nitra; hiding with assistance from the Jewish community and non-Jews; capture; return to Sered; transfer of camp control to Germans; being whipped by the Kommandant, Alois Brunner; deportation in cattle cars to Theresienstadt; a German soldier giving milk to the children en route; living with his parents, then in youth barracks; slave labor in the vegetable gardens; an uncle sharing smuggled food with them; his bar mitzvah supervised by Rabbi Friediger; sham improvements for a Red Cross visit; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Bratislava; relatives providing them with an apartment (theirs had been confiscated); participating in Jewish youth groups; emigration to Israel in 1949; living on a kibbutz, then in Haifa; returning home when his father became ill; military draft; and antisemitic harassment by the government for supporting Israel. Mr. F. discusses losing many relatives during the Holocaust. He reads a book dedication from Rabbi Friediger.

Author/Creator
F., Fridrich, 1932-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
November 20, 1995.
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Fridrich F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3697). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.