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Otto W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3698) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Antalová,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3698

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.

W., Otto, 1924-
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
November 24, 1995.
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Žilina (Slovakia)
Banská Bystrica (Slovakia)
Steyr (Austria)
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.
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