Imrich H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3892) interviewed by Martin Bútora and Zora Bútorová
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
- Interview Date
- January 30, 1996.
- 3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Imrich H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3892). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Imrich H., who was born in Prešov, Czecholslovkia (presently Slovkia) in 1923, the youngest of three children. He recalls cordial relations with non-Jews; a wonderful childhood; antisemitism beginning in 1938; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; his father's death from illness in 1940; expulsion from school as a Jew in 1941; keeping a diary; hiding after deportations started; obtaining false papers as a Slovak; moving to Bratislava in June 1942; finding a job; living with a family (they did not know he was Jewish), then in his workplace; visiting his parents in Sabinov in December 1942 and summer 1943; hiding Jews in his living quarters; helping create false papers; arrest and beating by the Gestapo; deportation to Sered, then to Theresienstadt in April 1945; liberation in May; returning home in June; joining the Communist Party for idealistic reasons; disillusionment leading to his escape to Canada to join his sisters in 1968; returning home after three months to be with his family; and no further career advancements for twenty years due to his politics. Mr. H. notes he identifies himself both as a Czech and a Jew. He shows photographs, documents, and his diary from which he reads briefly.