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M. P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4112)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4112

Videotape testimony of M. P. who was born in Secǒvce, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia), an only child. He recounts visiting his grandparents in Vynohradiv when he was three years old; having to remain in Vynohradiv when it was occupied by Hungary; his father's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in 1941 or 1942 (he did not survive); a neighbor providing them with documents as non-Jews; escaping a round-up; traveling with his mother to Budapest; police raiding their residence; a Jewish man escaping; release with his mother due to their high quality documents; a woman hiding them in her village house; liberation by Soviet troops in November 1944; traveling to Bratislava to join his grandparents; the return of most of his mother's family (her six siblings survived); learning most of his father's family had been killed; attending school; joining the Communist party; and his subsequent careers. Mr. P. discusses his disillusion with communism; identifying as a Jew, but not practicing any religion; a good relationship with relatives in Israel; wanting to recognize their non-Jewish rescuers but not knowing who they were due to his young age; his mother's emigration during the 1968 uprising; the government refusing a travel permit for him to see her; and still feeling threatened as a Jew. He shows photographs.

M. P.
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
Interview Date
February 6, 1996.
Secǒvce (Slovakia)
Vynohradiv (Ukraine)
Budapest (Hungary)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
M. P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4112). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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