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Shlomo P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3825)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3825

Videotape testimony of Shlomo P., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1925. He recounts living in Čadca; his father's position as a railroad physician; attending Jewish and Slovak schools, then gymnasium in Žilina; increasing antisemitism in the 1930s; participating in Makabi ha-tsaʻir; his brother's emigration to Palestine in 1939; attending a Zionist youth camp; expulsion from school; his father being forbidden to practice medicine; the Hlinka Guard confiscating family belongings; his father's non-Jewish colleagues supplying drugs when his grandmother was terminally ill; living on a Zionist training farm in Malý Báb; his father arranging for his hospitalization in Turčiansky Sv. Martin to avoid deportation; returning home; a priest arranging a medical position for his father in Oščadnica to save him from deportation; obtaining false papers; working as a non-Jew; his supervisor, who knew he was Jewish, transferring him to Liptovský Mikuláš to avoid arrest; a village official arranging for him to join his parents in Oščadnica; a temporary office position; taking official identification forms that he gave to Makabi ha-tsaʻir in Žilina; communication from his brother via the Red Cross; the Slovak uprising endangering them; hiding with his parents in a forest bunker for the entire winter; non-Jews providing their food; liberation by Soviet troops; learning of the death camps and mass killings; his parents' emigration to Israel in 1949; studying medicine; and joining them two years later. Mr. P. discusses his daughter's insistence that they visit all the sites where he was in Slovakia, including the location of the bunker.

P., Shlomo, 1925-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
February 1, 1996.
Vienna (Austria)
Turčiansky Sv. Martin (Slovakia)
Čadca (Slovakia)
Žilina (Slovakia)
Malý Báb (Slovakia)
Oščadnica (Slovakia)
Liptovský Mikuláš (Slovakia)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Shlomo P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3825). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.