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T. C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4123)

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    Videotape testimony of T. C. who was born in Czechoslovakia in 1922, the only child of a physician in a small village. She recounts her mother's death when she was five; being raised by her grandmother; cordial relations with non-Jews; attending a local Catholic school, then high school in Bratislava; expulsion from school in 1939 due to anti-Jewish laws; returning home; cruel treatment by Hlinka guards; deportation of the local Jews in 1942; their exemption due to her father's profession; losing her exemption when she was eighteen; a Catholic priest in Lysá pod Makytou hiding her for two years; returning home; her father losing his exemption in 1944; the priest hiding her with his housekeeper's family in Ilava for three months; returning home; deportation with her family (her father had remarried) to Sered; their transfer to Auschwitz three weeks later; her grandmother, step mother, and brother being selected for gassing; a high school friend giving her warm clothing; transfer to Freiberg; slave labor in an airplane factory; a German man giving her extra food; transport nine months later; escaping with two Polish women from the train near České Budějovice; telling locals they were fleeing from Soviet troops; receiving food and shelter; traveling to České Budějovice, Brno, then Bratislava with Soviet troops; protecting herself from rape by them; reunion with uncles, aunts, and her father who was terminally ill (he had survived Bergen-Belsen); marriage; a visit from the brother of one of the Polish women with whom she had escaped (she had died); and the births of her children. Ms. C. discusses the difficulty of conveying the brutality of her experiences, even to her children; attributing her survival to her youth, good health, and being deported so late, but mostly to luck; feelling lost and alone at times in the camps; and grieving most over the killing of her young, talented brother.
    C., T., 1922-
    Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1997
    Interview Date
    June 11, 1997.
    Bratislava (Slovakia)
    Lysá pod Makytou (Slovakia)
    Ilava (Slovakia)
    České Budějovice (Czech Republic)
    Brno (Czech Republic)
    Cite As
    T. C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4123). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    This testimony is in Slovak.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 23 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

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