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Rudolf Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3943) interviewed by Peter Salner and Eva Riečanská

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3943

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.

Author/Creator
Z., Rudolf, 1923-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
April 4, 1995.
Language
Slovak
Copies
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.