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Ruźena R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3918) interviewed by Peter Salner and Eva Salnerová

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3918

Videotape testimony of Ruźena R., who was born in Topol̕čany, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia), in 1929, the older of two children. She recalls her family's affluence; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; anti-Jewish regulations following Slovak independence in October 1938; expulsion from school; harassment on the street; her family losing their businesses; a policeman warning them to leave; moving to Dolné Otrokovce; deportation with her brother and parents to Novák; slave labor as a seamstress; studying math weekly; their release; returning to Dolné Otrokovce; joining relatives in Nitra since her identification papers did not designate her as a Jew (her parents and brother remained); returning to Dolné Otrokovce; not finding her family, then locating them where they were being hidden by Catholics whom they paid; liberation by Soviet troops in April 1945; completing university; living in Bratislava; and working as a chemist. Ms. R. notes nightmares to the present day due to her experiences; latent antisemitism impacting her career; and sharing her experiences only with those who ask. She shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
R., Ruźena, 1929-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
Interview Date
March 10, 1996.
Language
Slovak
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ruźena R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3918). 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/4470101
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:44:00
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