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Elena D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3899) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Antalová,

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    Videotape testimony of Elena D., who was born in Prešov, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1918, the middle of three children. She recalls belonging to Hashomer Hatzair and Maccabi; cordial relations with non-Jews; graduation from high school; anti-Jewish restrictions, including confiscation of the family home and business; her brother's emigration to the United States; living with her grandmother in Bardejov to avoid deportation; denouncement by her best friend's husband who was in the Hlinka guard; feigning illness; hospitalization; release; marriage; her parents' and sister's deportations to Auschwitz (she never saw them again); brief incarceration with her husband in Žilina; their release through her husband's connections; returning to Prešov; illegally entering Hungary; working as a translator in a Budapest hotel as a non-Jew (she had false papers); sending funds to her husband through her boss (her husband was hiding elsewhere); liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Prešov, hoping to find relatives; her husband's return in a debilitated state, leading to his premature death twelve years later; the births of two children; and five visits to Auschwitz. Ms. D. discusses long-term grief resulting from her parents and sister not returning; disappointment that neither of her children married a Jew; and observing Jewish holidays and attending synagogue for her parents and relatives who were killed.
    D., Elena, 1918-
    Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
    Interview Date
    February 20, 1996.
    Prešov (Slovakia)
    Bardejov (Slovakia)
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Bratislava (Slovakia)
    Cite As
    Elena D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3899). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Salner, Peter, interviewer.
    Antalová, Ingrid, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Slovak.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 23 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hlinka guard.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    False papers.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.

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