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Frantiska V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3917) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Antalová

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3917

Videotape testimony of Frantiska V., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovkia) in 1936, the second of two children. She recounts her father's successful medical practice; their affluent and assimilated lifestyle (her parents were atheists and she did not know she was Jewish); shipping their furniture to England, anticipating emigration; not “making it” across the border; forced closing of her father's practice in 1939; having to leave home with her parents and brother; living with a German family until 1940, then in a country cabin; returning to Bratislava when it became too dangerous; living with her father's nurse, then with a former patient; moving to an underground room; a German family supplying them with food and water; and returning home after the war. Ms. V. notes she was baptized as a child and her postwar interest in Christianity; recently discovering Jewish traditions; crediting her father's nurse with their survival; not sharing her story with others, except her daughter; and difficulty having her testimony recorded, finding it too personal and emotional.

Author/Creator
V., Frantiska, 1936-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
Interview Date
March 3, 1996.
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Frantiska V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3917). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4470096
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