Otto S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3930) interviewed by Peter Salner
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
- Interview Date
- March 5, 1996.
- 3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Otto S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3930). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.