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Juliana F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3860) interviewed by Zuzana Fialová and Pavol Salamon

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3860

Videotape testimony of Juliana F., who was born in Prešov, Czechoslovakia in 1936. She recalls expulsion from their home and confiscation of her father's business in 1941; conversion to Christianity with her parents and grandmother, trying to avoid deportation; the pastor understanding their motivation; hiding with non-Jewish friends for three weeks; her father's arrest; joining him on a deportation train to Žilina; her father's brother using his influence (he was the doctor there) to have them transferred two months later to Vyhne; living among many converted Jews; her parents working; attending school; visiting her uncle in Liptovský Mikuláš for five weeks in 1943; moving with partisans to Banská Štiavnica during the Slovak uprising; moving to forest huts with about seventy Jews and partisans when the uprising failed; assistance from partisans when she was ill; moving to Mýto pod Ďumbierom; assistance from Romanian soldiers; returning to Prešov after the war; reunion with her uncle; and resuming their life. Ms. F. notes weeping when people discussed their experiences right after the war; realizing, as she matured, how lucky she was to survive with her parents and grandmother; many relatives who were killed; and recently traveling to Kremnička to recall many friends who did not survive.

Author/Creator
F., Juliana, 1936-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
October 15, 1995.
Locale
Slovakia
Czechoslovakia
Prešov (Slovakia)
Vyhne (Slovakia)
Liptovský Mikuláš (Slovakia)
Banská Štiavnica (Slovakia)
Mýto pod Ďumbierom (Slovakia)
Kremnička (Slovakia)
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Juliana F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3860). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.