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Jaffa K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3967) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Antalová

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3967

Videotape testimony of Jaffa K., who was born in Veľká Lominca in 1920, the youngest of four children. She recounts her father's death the year of her birth; her family moving to Poprad in 1925; antisemitic harassment; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; one brother and her sister emigrating to Palestine in the 1930s; living on a hachsharah in Bratislava, preparing for emigration to Palestine; her mother's marriage in 1936 to a Slovak who had converted to Judaism; anti-Jewish restrictions when Slovakia became independent; her step father's efforts to protect them; hearing young people would be deported in 1942; a non-Jewish neighbor giving her daughter's birth certificate to her (they were the same age); traveling to Budapest via Prešov, Košice, and Miskolc; living in a Hashomer Hatzair kibbutz; creating false papers for illegal immigrants; changing residences often for eighteen months; German occupation in March 1944; traveling as a non-Jew (she wore a cross) to Debrecen to see a friend; joining a Maccabi Hatzair group to emigrate to Palestine; their four-month journey via Timișoara, Arad, Bucharest, and Istanbul; and reunion with her brother in Palestine. She discusses the experience of her other brother, who was deported to Auschwitz and remained in Czechoslovakia after the war.

K., Jaffa, 1920-
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1997
Interview Date
November 21, 1997.
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Jaffa K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3967). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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