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Jana S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3668) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Králová

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3668

Videotape testimony of Jana S., who was born in Topol̕čany, Czechoslovakia in 1926. She recounts her family's orthodoxy; her father's deportation to Novaky labor camp in 1941; joining him in 1942; forced labor; release during the Slovak uprising in August 1944; traveling to Banská Bystrica; leaving her family to join the partisans; hiding in villages; working in a partisan infirmary; German soldiers capturing her and a friend; one soldier allowing them to escape (the others were shot); hiding in Slovenská l̕upča; obtaining false papers; hiding in Koš and Krušovce; returning to Koš; hiding with a non-Jew; traveling to Uherské Hradiště, then towards Hungary; arrest and imprisonment by Hungarians; liberation by Soviet troops; working in a Soviet infirmary; walking to Budapest; learning that her father had perished and her mother was at home; returning to Topol̕čany via Nové Zámky and Nitra; reunion with her mother and siblings; a pogrom in Topol̕čany; moving to Bratislava in 1948; her brother's emigration to Israel; and marriage. Ms. S. discusses non-Jews who helped her, both strangers and friends; encounters with Arrow Cross members; profound fear and surviving by animal instinct; and not sharing her experiences until today although her daughter had heard a small part.

Author/Creator
S., Jana, 1926-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
March 23, 1995 and May 4, 1995.
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: VHS Master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jana S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3668). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.