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Chava S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3965) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Antalová,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3965

Videotape testimony of Chava S., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovkia (presently Slovakia) in 1936, the younger of two children. She recalls increasing antisemitism in 1938; hiding during a round-up immediately after her brother's bar mitzvah in 1942; her father arranging their conversion to Greek-Orthodoxy in 1943; hiding in the suburban house of the non-Jew who had taken over their business; round-up in October 1944; deportation with her family and other relatives to Sered; transfer in November with her mother, aunt, two cousins, and grandmother to Bergen-Belsen; starvation, lice, and piles of corpses all over; liberation by British troops in April 1945; recovering from typhus; repatriation to Prague; learning her brother had returned to Bratislava; joining him; recovering their apartment and furniture; she and her brother joining a Zionist youth group; her mother's brother in Israel urging them to join him; emigrating to Israel in March 1949; her mother joining her later that month and her brother in December; marriage to a survivor; and the births of two daughters. Ms. S. discusses nightmares resulting from her experiences; not discussing their experiences to protect her mother from painful memories; placing a memorial plaque in Buchenwald for her father; and sharing her experiences with her daughters.

S., Chava, 1936-
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1997
Interview Date
November 20, 1997.
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Prague (Czech Republic)
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Chava S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3965). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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