Peter H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3858) interviewed by Ingrid Králová
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
- Interview Date
- October 1, 1996.
- 3 copies: VHS submaster; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Peter H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3858). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Peter H., who was born in Spišská Nová Ves, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1935, an only child. He recalls his secular household; having to wear the yellow star; former friends harassing him; his father's deportation to Majdanek in 1942 (he never saw him again); deportation with his mother to Nováky in July 1943; release in the fall; living in Nitra; imprisonment with his mother and grandparents in Prešov in fall 1944; deportation to Ravensbrück; separation from his family; finding his grandfather in another block; sharing his bread with him; assistance from a Russian prisoner; hospitalization; two Czech doctors treating him and keeping him there, which saved his life; his grandfather's transfer (he never saw him again); transfer in April to Ludwigslust; corpses everywhere; liberation by United States troops in May 1945; placement in Celle displaced persons camp; reunion with his mother in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp (his grandmother had died two days after liberation); and their return home. Mr. H. discusses details of camp life; several psychological responses and nationality groups in the camps; feeling alone, but surviving due to help from others; permanent effects on him; postwar antisemitism to the present; and thinking that those who did not experience the camps cannot understand or even believe what survivors experienced.