Otto W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3698) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Antalová
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
- Interview Date
- November 24, 1995.
- 3 copies: VHS submaster; Betacam SP duplicate; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Otto W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3698). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Otto W., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1924, one of two brothers. He recounts his parents' orthodoxy; attending public school; expulsion due to antisemitic laws after Slovak independence; he and his brother hiding with an uncle; his parents' deportation to Žilina in 1941; obtaining papers as a non-Jew from a non-Jewish friend; one visit to his parents (he never saw them again); denunciation by an acquaintance; deportation with his brother to Nováky; slave labor; joining the partisans during the Slovak uprising; fighting in Banská Bystrica and other places; his brother's death; attacking German transportation lines; being wounded; capture by the Germans; a friendly soldier sending him to local authorities; many deaths when their transport was attacked by Allied planes; arrival in Melk; transfer to Mauthausen; execution of Allied POWs who had assisted them in Banská Bystrica; transfer to the tent camp; a death march; escape; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization in Steyr; returning to Bratislava; and losing his job due to antisemitism following the Slansky trial. Mr. W. notes chairing a Mauthausen survivor organization, and becoming an atheist as a result of his experiences.