Alzbeta L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3853) interviewed by Eva Salnerová and Péter Hunčík
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
- Interview Date
- December 26, 1995.
- 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.
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.