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Ervin K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3948) interviewed by Peter Salner

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3948

Videotape testimony of Ervin K., who was born in Trenčín, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1925, one of two children. He recalls attending Jewish elementary school, then gymnasium; antisemitism beginning in 1938; Hlinka guard collecting their clothing and ski equipment; confiscation of the family business and home; expulsion from school; joining friends in Novaky in 1942; working as an electrician, which protected him from frequent deportations; his parents and aunt joining him; Jewish leadership of the camp; concerts and theater; joining an underground group planning an uprising; gathering weapons; escaping in August 1944 during the Slovak uprising; joining the Czech army in Zeminske Kostoľany; battles with Germans and retreats; joining a partisan group in ľupča; attacks by Germans in several locations; witnessing Germans burning an entire village; escaping to Tekovská Breznica, a village not occupied by Germans; learning his parents and sister had been killed; returning to Trenčín; completing university; and difficulty obtaining the return of his family home and personal property.

Author/Creator
K., Ervin, 1925-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
Interview Date
October 27, 1996.
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ervin K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3948). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.