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Viera F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3986) interviewed by Peter Salner and Viera Rybanova

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3986

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.

Author/Creator
F., Viera, 1921-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 2000
Interview Date
March 7, 2000.
Language
Slovak
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4564404
Record last modified: 2015-07-27 13:06:00
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