Viera F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3986) interviewed by Peter Salner and Viera Rybanova
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 2000
- Interview Date
- March 7, 2000.
- 3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Viera F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3986). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Viera F., who was born in Liptovský Hrádok, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1921. She recalls her family's secularism but attending synagogue every Saturday; moving to Martin when she was four; cordial relations with non-Jews; attending school until she was expelled in 1940 due to anti-Jewish regulations; converting to Christianity; a local policeman helping her hide; her mother convincing her to marry to save herself; an arranged marriage to a Jewish man who had also converted; moving to Dubova, his town; learning her grandfather had been deported and the priest who had helped him was shot; hiding in a forest bunker after the 1944 Slovak uprising; assistance from local non-Jews; liberation by Soviet troops; completing her education; feeling she was neither Christian nor Jew; her son's request that she return to Judaism; returning after his death; attributing her long marriage to her husband's extraordinary goodness; and her sense she did not survive the Holocaust since “it is still in me.” She shows photographs.