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Maria W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3681) interviewed by Peter Salner and Eva Riecanská

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3681

Videotape testimony of Maria W., who was born in Košice, Czechoslovakia in 1933. She recounts moving to Zvolen at age four; expulsion from school as a Jew; her parents being warned they were listed for deportation; paying to be smuggled from Lučenec to Hungary in September 1942; being robbed by smugglers except for their gold in her dress buttons; traveling to Budapest; her grandmother joining them; obtaining false papers; attending a Jewish school; her father's deportation to a labor camp in 1943; moving to a yellow star house; hiding with a non-Jewish friend during an Arrow Cross round-up; the friend's daughter bringing her and her grandmother to Hatvan; hiding with another family; her grandmother's illness, hospitalization, and death; living in the hospital; liberation by Soviet troops; reunion with her father; living briefly in Törökszentmiklós; their return to Zvolen to join her mother; moving to Bratislava; attending gymnasium; antisemitic harassment; and graduating from university in 1958. Ms. W. discusses continuing guilt because she does not know where her grandmother was buried; the deaths of many relatives during the war; her sense of belonging in Slovakia; and her children's sense of Jewish identity.

Author/Creator
W., Maria, 1933-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
June 14, 1995.
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS submaster; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Maria W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3681). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4318233
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:42:00
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