Samuel S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3966) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Antalová
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1997
- Interview Date
- November 20, 1997.
- 3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Samuel S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3966). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Samuel S., who was born in Mýtna Nová Ves, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1934, the older of two brothers. He recalls his father losing his business due to anti-Jewish laws; attending a Jewish school in Topol̕čany in 1941; returning home in March 1942; deportations of grandparents and other relatives; escaping with his brother and parents to Nitra; the smuggler taking them to Hungary, abandoning them, and stealing their suitcases; hiding with non-Jews in Obdokovská Pusta for three months starting in October 1942; moving to a brick factory in Nitra, where a friend obtained work papers for his father; visiting his aunt in Hlohovec in September 1944; returning to Nitra; his parents' deportation; returning with his brother to his aunt in Hlohovec; round-up by Hlinka guard; deportation to Sered, then Auschwitz; learning their mother was there; their mother throwing sugar cubes to them over the fence; a guard telling his brother to remain during the evacuation; liberation by Soviet troops; transfer to Kraków, then Katowice; living in an orphanage run by Hashomer Hatzair; reunion with their parents; returning to Nitra; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; and emigration to Palestine in February, with his parents' following that summer. Mr. S. notes not speaking to other children for six months after liberation; reading everything he can about the Holocaust starting in 1946; and his parents leaving Israel in 1956.