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Zuzana M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3891) interviewed by interviewed by Martin Bútora and Zora Bútorová,,

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    Videotape testimony of Zuzana M., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovkia in 1929, the younger of two children. She recalls not knowing she was Jewish; her father's suicide in 1931; celebrating Christian holidays; her mother having them convert to Catholicism; attending a Catholic school; having to move to Nové Mesto nad Váhom due to anti-Jewish restrictions; relatives in Hungary arranging to have them smuggled there in spring 1942; being caught; her brother's deportation to Žilina (she never saw him again); returning to Bratislava with her mother; living apart for safety; her mother's deportation (she never saw her again); hiding briefly with friends in a forest cabin; returning to Bratislava; obtaining her mother's pension and joining a convent with assistance from non-Jews; living in the convent until 1944; embracing Catholicism; living with a family in Beluša who were German collaborators; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Bratislava; supporting the communist regime; marriage; the births of two children; revealing she was born Jewish when her daughter expressed antisemitism she learned in school; and sharing her story with her children and grandchildren when they were twelve, the age when she was left alone. Ms. M. notes previously self-identifying first as a Slovak, not as a Jew, but now feeling ashamed to be a Slovak.
    M., Zuzana , 1929-
    Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
    Interview Date
    January 23, 1996.
    Bratislava (Slovakia)
    Nové Mesto nad Váhom (Slovakia)
    Beluša (Slovakia)
    Cite As
    Zuzana M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3891). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Bútora, Martin, interviewer.
    Bútorová, Zora, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Slovak .

    Physical Details

    3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (52 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Postwar.

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