Rudolf Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3943) interviewed by Peter Salner and Eva Riečanská
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
- Interview Date
- April 4, 1995.
- 3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Rudolf Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3943). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Rudolf Z., who was born in Trnava, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1923, the youngest of three children. He recounts his family history; his father's work in the printing trade; his father's refusal to convert despite not believing in Judaism; moving to Bratislava in 1926; attending school; viewing himself as a humanist; antisemitic harassment; attending gymnasium; joining the Communist Party in 1940 as a student; HIinka guards preventing Jews from attending universities; forced labor in Ivanka pri Dunaji; arrest in Koliba; imprisonment; visits from his future wife; solitary confinement for six months; a severe beating; transfer to Sered; escaping with others; obtaining false papers in Brezová pod Bradlom; joining the uprising in Banská Bystrica; actions against Germans in many locations; learning his father had been killed in a gas chamber; marriage in 1945; and working for the Communists. Mr. Z. notes very few of his large extended family survived and sharing his story with his children. He shows photographs.