Juraj M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3935) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Antalová
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
- Interview Date
- May 12, 1996.
- 3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Juraj M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3935). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Juraj M., who was born in Darda, Yugoslavia (presently Croatia) in 1920. He recalls moving to Žilina in 1928; celebrating religious holidays; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; attending school in Rajec and a Jewish school in Žilina; working at a drugstore in Martin beginning in 1935; anti-Jewish laws after Slovak independence in 1939; his and his father's exemptions from deportations due to their jobs; his sister's deportation in March 1942 (he never saw her again); release when he and his father were rounded up due to their jobs; his parents' disappearance in September; fleeing to Bratislava; working in a drugstore and for a veterinarian; using his own name, although he had false papers; moving frequently; living in Inke with Bulgarian students; traveling to Ružomberok after the Slovak national uprising; encountering people who knew him en route who let him continue; living with relatives of a non-Jewish friend; liberation in spring 1945; and marriage to the sister of the non-Jewish friend whose family hid him. Mr. M. discusses several narrow escapes; the importance of luck to his survival; identifying himself as a Jew, as does his son, although married to a Catholic for fifty-two years; and recent visits to concentration camps in Germany and to Birkenau, where he recited kaddish for his family.