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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.
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.