Leopold S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3939) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Antalová
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
- Interview Date
- June 18, 1996.
- 3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Leopold S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3939). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Leopold S., who was born in Hlohovec, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Slovakia) in 1904, one of five children. He recounts a brother's death at age two (he did not know him); going to Polgár with his brother and working there; visiting his sister who had moved to London and friends in Heidelberg with his swimming club; moving to Bratislava; marriage; anti-Jewish restrictions by the new Slovak state, including wearing the star (he shows his); his mother's death after his sister was deported; posing as a non-Jew in Levice; hiding with his wife in several locations, including bunkers, with assistance from non-Jews; arrest and deportation to Sered; transfer to Sachsenhausen; a privileged kitchen assignment; liberation by Soviet troops; transport to Lüneburg; reunion with his wife; their emigration to Israel; and their return to Slovakia. Mr. S. discusses continuing fears and emotional issues due to his experiences. He shows ephemera and photographs.