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J. N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4120)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4120

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.

N., J., 1938-
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1997
Interview Date
February 3, 1997.
Brno (Czech Republic)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
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.
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