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Stefan D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3990) interviewed by René Lužica

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3990

Videotape testimony of Stefan D., a Catholic Romani, who was born in Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1934. He recalls Hlinka guards destroying their homes; living in a forest; continuing to attend school; the local population being blamed when partisans blew up a bridge near their village; deportation with his mother to Prešov, then Dubnica, a concentration camp for Romanies; his mother giving birth in the train; separation of the women from the children; seeing his mother an hour a day; crowding and very poor hygiene; sparse food rations leading to high death rates, particularly among the children; liberation by partisans and Soviet troops four months later in April 1945; Soviet planes attacking Germans, shooting at them when they left; and the three-week journey walking home.

Author/Creator
D., Stefan, 1934-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1998
Interview Date
August 8, 1998.
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Stefan D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3990). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.