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Josef B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3895) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Antalová

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3895

Videotape testimony of Josef B., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in 1929. He recounts his family's affluence; his parents' emphasis on education; confiscation of their property and expulsion from school due to anti-Jewish laws; he and his family's conversion to Reformed Evangelicism due to the kindness of the pastor, despite objections from his orthodox grandparents; moving to Liptovský Mikuláš; leaving his family to work in the Bata shoe factory in Partizánske using false papers; escaping when exposure was imminent due to the Slovak uprising; traveling from Topol̕čany to Bratislava; working for Bata there; his father's arrival on the day of liberation in April 1945; passing his high school equivalency test; completing university studies as a chemist; and not being allowed to leave the country, despite his prominence as a scientist, since the communist regime considered him unreliable. Mr. B. notes his parents and brother were hidden in Bratislava by a family friend; learning of the death camps only after liberation; attributing his survival to luck and youthful naivety; and raising his own children with a focus on education. He shows his and his brother's false documents.

B., Josef, 1929-
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
Interview Date
February 2, 1996.
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Josef B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3895). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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