Vlček B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3859)
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
- Interview Date
- January 16, 1996.
- 3 copies: VHS submaster; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Vlček B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3859). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Vlček B., who was born in Veľké Kapušany, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1923, one of six children. He recalls a large and close extended family; their orthodoxy; attending yeshiva in Uz︠h︡horod for two years; cordial relations with non-Jews prior to Hungarian occupation; moving with a brother to Budapest in 1942; returning home in 1944; draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; factory work in Szentgotthárd; burying Jews who had been killed; assistance from French and Italian prisoners of war; transfer to Feldbach; assistance from Russian workers and a Czech SS officer; escaping with a group; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home; reunion with his mother, the sole survivor of his immediate family; repossessing their home with assistance from a cousin in the Soviet military; volunteering for the Czech military; antisemitic harassment; and not emigrating in order to remain with his mother. Mr. B. discusses camaraderie among the slave workers; attributing his survival to luck; visits to Auschwitz; finding his uncle's suitcase on exhibit there; dedicating a room in their home to his siblings; and caring for his mother until her death in 1988.