Frantiska V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3917) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Antalová
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
- Interview Date
- March 3, 1996.
- 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.
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.