Ervin K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3948) interviewed by Peter Salner
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
- Interview Date
- October 27, 1996.
- 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.
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.