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Arnost K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4115)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4115

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.

K., Arnost, 1921-
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
Interview Date
December 14, 1996.
Uherský Brod (Czech Republic)
Nové Mesto nad Váhom (Slovakia)
Ivanka pri Dunaji (Slovakia)
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.