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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3853

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    Summary
    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.
    Locale
    Austria
    Spišská Stará Ves (Slovakia)
    Kežmarok (Slovakia)
    Plavnica (Slovakia)
    Slovakia
    Jakubany (Slovakia)
    Poprad (Slovakia)
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Cite As
    Alzbeta L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3853). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Salnerová, Eva, interviewer.
    Hunčík, Péter, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in Slovak.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Slovak
    Copies
    3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 VHS in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 13 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hiding.
    Forests.
    Bunkers.
    Mutual aid.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Postwar effects.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4413701
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:28:00
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