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Fridrich D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3905) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Králová

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3905

Videotape testimony of Fridrich D., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1919. He recalls attending Jewish elementary school; completing high school in 1937; participating in a communist youth group; joining the party in 1937; imprisonment for distributing flyers; release conditional upon leaving Bratislava; moving to Nitra; being drafted for forced labor in the Slovak Sixth Brigade; postings in Brezno and Liptovský Svätý Peter; release two years later in February 1942; returning to Nitra; receiving a notice to report to the authorities; hiding; arrest; deportation to Nováky; release due to the influence of his German, non-Jewish girlfriend (his future wife); a non-Jewish friend giving him his papers; moving to Žilina, then Michaolvce, posing as a slightly anti-fascist German; friendships with Hlinka guards as well as Jews in hiding; arrest with his girlfriend; return to Nováky; organizing resistance with other communist prisoners; abandonment by the guards during the Slovak uprising; forming a partisan unit; fighting in several locations; returning home after liberation; and living in Dunajská Streda and Prievidza. Mr. D. discusses problems under communism due to his political past.

Author/Creator
D., Fridrich, 1919-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
Interview Date
February 27, 1996.
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: VHS master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Fridrich D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3905). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.