Arnost K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4115)
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
- Interview Date
- December 14, 1996.
- 3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS submaster; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Arnost K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4115). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Arnost K., who was born in Uherský Brod, Czechslovakia (presently Czech Republic) in 1921. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; participating in Maccabi ha-Ẓair; arrival of German-Jewish refugees in the mid-1930s; German occupation; a non-Jewish friend helping him save objects from their synagogue when it was burned; supporting resistance activities; a policeman warning him he was going to be arrested; illegally entering Slovakia in March 1942; hiding with a Jewish woman in Nové Mesto nad Váhom; arrest by the Hlinka guard; his friend obtaining his release; escaping to Ivanka pri Dunaji; obtaining false papers and a job; being sent back to Nové Mesto nad Váhom; a non-Jew hiding him, a Catholic friend, and others in her barn; praying; hiding in a chimney during a German search; liberation; and learning his parents had been deported to Auschwitz and did not survive. Mr. K. discusses the impossibility of repaying the woman who hid him; supporting her until her death in 1967; visiting her grave annually with his family; and attributing his survival to help from God.