J. N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4120)
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1997
- Interview Date
- February 3, 1997.
- 3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS submaster; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- J. N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4120). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of J. N., who was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia in 1938, the younger of two children. He recounts moving to Bratislava in 1941; his family's assimilated lifestyle; his father's exemption from deportation due to his training as a chemist; his work with explosives and deactivating bombs and mines; his parents obtaining false documents with Christian names from an evangelical priest in 1943; cancellation of his father's exemption; a non-Jew whom his father's brother had helped, hiding both families (a total of seven) in the countryside; their rescuer visiting once a week; difficulty obtaining food; liberation after about a year; brief difficulties walking and health problems; his mother learning her entire family had been killed; retaining their Christian names and identities; returning to school; rarely discussing their Judaism for forty years, and never with others; and his children learning a bit about his past from his mother. Mr. N. discusses his somewhat schizophrenic identity; private acknowledgement of his Judaism through food and humor, but never public acknowledgement; and his sister never revealing her true identity to her children.