Tomáš L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3944) interviewed by Pavel Deutsch and Peter Salner
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
- Interview Date
- January 21, 1996.
- 3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Tomáš L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3944). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Tomáš L., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1942. He recounts his mother's family history in Nové Zámky; his parents' marriage in Budapest in 1940 or 1941; his father's deportation in 1942 or 1943 (he has never learned what happened to him); hospitalization for an ear infection in spring 1944; his mother's visits; her disappearance; bombing of the hospital; surviving in a shelter with a nurse and a few other children; meager rations; his aunt finding him in August 1945; living with his mother's brother and his wife in Nové Zámky beginning in 1947; conversations about people returning fueling his notion that his parents would return; learning his mother had perished in Ravensbrück; hearing frequent conversations about his relatives' Holocaust experiences; reconstruction of the local synagogue; and antisemitism beginning in 1952. Mr. L. discusses the loss of his childhood and parents, for which no compensation is possible; playing the game "Holocaust" as a child after the war; and preparing to visit Ravensbrück several times, but not being able to bring himself to do so.