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Otto S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3930) interviewed by Peter Salner,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3930

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    Videotape testimony of Otto S., who was born in Topol̕čany, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1924, one of two brothers. He recounts his father's career as a judge; moving to Nové Zámky, then Nitra due to his father's transfers; attending a Jewish school from 1930-1934, then a secular school; cordial relations with non-Jews; anti-Jewish discrimination beginning with Slovak independence; harassment by non-Jewish students; his teacher's dismissal for defending the Jewish students; joining Hashomer Hatzair and Maccabi; living on a hachsharah between 1940 and 1941; returning home; his father's arrest; arrest with his mother and brother months later; incarceration in Žilina, where his father joined them; his uncle obtaining false papers showing they had converted to Christianity before 1938, resulting in their transfer to Vhyne; their release in August 1943 and the family receiving an exemption from deportation due to his father's connections; working as a bookbinder in Liptovský Mikuláš; joining the partisans after the Slovak uprising; killing a German officer; returning to Nitra; reunion with his grandmother and parents; learning his beloved brother had been killed; completing law school; working in a factory based on his socialist commitment; becoming a journalist for socialist publications; expulsion from the party in 1967; working as an attorney; and returning to journalism in 1989. Mr. S. notes the loss of his brother ruining his life.
    S., Otto, 1924-
    Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
    Interview Date
    March 5, 1996.
    Topol̕čany (Slovakia)
    Nové Zámky (Slovakia)
    Nitra (Slovakia)
    Liptovský Mikuláš (Slovakia)
    Cite As
    Otto S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3930). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Salner, Peter, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Slovak.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 51 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    False papers.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar effects.

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