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Alzbeta L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3853) interviewed by Eva Salnerová and Péter Hunčík

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3853

Videtape testimony of Alzbeta L., who was born in Spišská Stará Ves, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Slovakia) in 1909, one of five children. She recounts her family's observant Jewish life; attending business school in Kežmarok; working for a Jewish lawyer; the impact of anti-Jewish laws; her boss sending her to Plavnica during the Slovak uprising; hiding with him and others in villages and the forests; digging and living in bunkers; capture by Germans in Jakubany; forced labor there and in Kežmarok; transfer from Poprad to Ravensbrück; crying all the time; transfer to Malchow; hospitalization; slave labor making bullets; evacuation by foot in May 1945; liberation by Soviet troops; recuperating for six weeks; traveling to Prague, then home; the trauma of learning her sisters had not survived; difficulty recovering family property; and marriage to a survivor whose wife and children had been killed. Ms. L. recalls the pain of starvation in camps; receiving extra food and a sweater from other prisoners; the loss of her sisters as an unhealed wound; and continuing antisemitism. She shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
L., Alzbeta, 1909-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
December 26, 1995.
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 VHS in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Alzbeta L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3853). 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/4413701
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