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Eva S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3934) interviewed by Peter Salner

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3934

Videotape testimony of Eva S., who was born in Trenčín, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1935. She recounts attending a Jewish school for one grade; her family's exemption from deportation due to her father's dental practice; conversion with her parents by an evangelical priest; a patient who was in the Hlinka guard warning them they would be deported the next day; staying with non-Jewish neighbors, who then led them to partisan territory; staying with an evangelical priest in ľubietová, who offered to save her; her parents insistence that they stay together; her father working for the partisans in Banská Bystrica as a dentist/doctor; retreating to the Tatra Mountains, then to Povrazník; living in a tent; difficulties obtaining food and water; her father wanting to surrender; encountering a non-Jewish couple who regularly brought them food; a man warning them of Germans approaching and leading them to another partisan unit that assisted them building a bunker in a forest; her father providing medical care to the partisans; traveling to Detva, which had already been liberated; crossing a field of corpses en route; living in Košice until Trenčín was liberated; returning home; neighbors returning their possessions; learning many relatives did not survive; continuing her education; the births of two brothers; and difficulties with the Communist regime starting in 1948. Ms. S. notes feeling safe with the partisans, and her family continuing to attend the evangelical church.

Author/Creator
S., Eva, 1935-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
Interview Date
May 8, 1996.
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eva S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3934). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.