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Rozalia S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3889) interviewed by Viera Durisova

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3889

Videotape testimony of Rozalia S., who was born in Tomášov, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1923, an only child. She recalls attending a local Catholic school, then schools in Malinovo and Senec; cordial relations with non-Jews; Hungarian occupation in 1938; anti-Jewish restrictions; exemption from many due to her father's status as a decorated, disabled World War I veteran; assistance from the local Roman Catholic priest; deportation of all the other Jews in May 1944, including her beloved aunt (none survived); transfer with her parents to Dunajská Streda in September 1944; some of the Hungarian guards helping them and the other prisoners (most were not Jewish); a small group of Romanies that were shot; liberation by Soviet troops on April 1, 1945; returning home; the priest who had saved them organizing locals to repair their vandalized home; marriage; and the births of two children. Ms. S. discusses an overwhelming sense of loss whenever she visits Tomášov; paying homage to the priest by visiting his grave; and sharing her story with her children. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
S., Rozalia, 1923-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
October 22, 1995.
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: VHS dub; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rozalia S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3889). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4469450
Record last modified: 2016-03-28 11:46:00
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