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Jan K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3989) interviewed by René Lužica

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3989

Videotape testimony of Jan K., a Romani, who was born in Dúbravy, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1929. He recalls harassment by Hlinka guard youth; joining partisans in the hills; good relations among ethnic groups in the partisans; capture by Germans during the uprising; being forced to carry ammunition for the Germans in Hriňová; incarceration in the synagogue in Detva; truck transport toward Germany; escaping with others in Zvolen; hiding with family friends in Očová; returning home; observing that all the men in the village had been rounded up; hiding in the hills; returning two days later; learning all the men had been shot at the Jewish cemetery, including his father; working on a farm after the war; being shot by a man he recognized as someone who had rounded-up the local Jews; losing his arm as a result; and learning to play musical instruments with one arm.

Author/Creator
K., Jan, 1929-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1998
Interview Date
September 13, 1998.
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jan K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3989). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.