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Magdalena S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3857) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Antalová,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3857

Videotape testimony of Magdalena S., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1920. She recalls attending gymnasium; annual visits to relatives in Kostolné Moravce; Hlinka guard breaking into her graduation dinner; not being able to enter university due to anti-Jewish laws; her grandmother moving in with them when her apartment was confiscated; confiscation of her father's law office; starting a kindergarten in their residence in 1940; confiscation of their apartment ten months later; living with a family in Ivanka pri Dunaji when forced to leave Bratislava; her parents' plan to send her to relatives in Hungary to avoid deportation in 1942; traveling to relatives in Kozárovce; arrest at a bus stop in Dudince; imprisonment in Krupina, then Bratislava; avoidance of two transports because her number was not called; a physician giving her a shot to make her ill to avoid future transports; hospitalization; having to report to police daily in Bernolákovo when she was released; marriage to a physician in May; exemption from deportation due to her marriage; two years of relative calm; fleeing to Banská Bystrica during the Slovak uprising in October 1944; joining a partisan group; placement with a famer because the commander would not accept a woman; separation from her husband when fleeing during a German attack; staying with people in a village who treated her like a member of their family; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Bratislava; and learning her parents had survived in hiding. Ms. S. notes many relatives, including her beloved grandmother, who were killed and not being able to recover from these losses.

S., Magdalena, 1920-
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
Interview Date
January 4, 1996.
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Kostolné Moravce (Slovakia)
Ivanka pri Dunaji (Slovakia)
Kozárovce (Slovakia)
Dudince (Slovakia)
Krupina (Slovakia)
Bernolákovo (Slovakia)
Banská Bystrica (Slovakia)
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Magdalena S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3857). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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