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Erich S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3957) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Antalová

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3957

Videotape testimony of Erich S., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1929, the youngest of three children. He recounts his family observing Judaism, although not orthodoxy; moving to Nové Mesto nad Váhom in 1935; attending a Jewish school; their return to Bratislava in 1936; attending a Jewish school; participating in Maccabi ha-Ẓair; hearing Hitler's speech from Vienna after the Anschluss in 1938; increasing antisemitism; his father declining an offer to move to Bolivia; his sister's sham marriage to avoid deportation; his brother's draft for forced labor; his father's death from tuberculosis in 1942; hiding in an attic with his mother for a year; his bar mitzvah; he and his mother obtaining papers as non-Jews through his uncle, who was later killed as a partisan, though his wife and two children survived; he and his mother renting rooms in different areas; avoiding their former residential area; meeting his mother twice weekly at the movies; working as an errand boy; briefly working with his brother in Piešt̕any, both posing as non-Jews; returning to Bratislava; his mother receiving warnings of Hlinka guard raids; hiding in her attic with his sister, relatives, and friends - seven in total; one uncle and wife leaving due to the stress (they never saw them again); liberation by Soviet troops; learning his brother had been killed in the Slovak Uprising; transporting his body for burial in a Jewish cemetery; completing high school, then military service; and his military career in cultural affairs. Mr. S. documents many relatives who were killed and expresses gratitude to a non-Jew who had helped them and others for altruistic reasons.

S., Erich, 1929-
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1997
Interview Date
May 30, 1997.
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Nové Mesto nad Váhom (Slovakia)
Piešt̕any (Slovakia)
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Erich S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3957). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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