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Amalia P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4135) interviewed by Raymond Kaplan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4135

Videotape testimony of Amalia P., who was born in Vištuk, Czechoslovkia (presently Slovakia) in 1922, one of six children. She recounts her family's move to Modra; living with her grandfather to attend school in Hustopeče; German occupation; moving to an uncle in unoccupied Kyjov; attending gymnasium until the expulsion of Jews in 1940; returning home; her mother's death in 1940; working in Bratislava; her father arranging to have her smuggled to Hungarian-occupied Nové Zámky, then Budapest; returning home to take her brother and two sisters with her after hearing of deportations from Slovakia; returning to Budapest with them via Galanta; assistance from a Jewish family; finding apartments for herself and her siblings; obtaining false papers; returning home to visit her father and other sister (she was later deported and did not return); arrest when returning; interrogation in Banská Bystrica; injuring herself while escaping from a train; returning to her father's to recover; returning to Budapest via Košice; her arrest and forced labor; escape; one sister's “adoption,” which saved her; taking her other sister to Slovakia in 1944; her father's death in hiding; working in Bratislava as a domestic and in a restaurant; liberation by Soviet troops; assistance from the Red Cross; searching for her sister in Prague; finding her in Brno; attending university; the emigration of two sisters to Palestine; marriage; moving to Vienna; emigration to Israel in 1955; the births of two daughters; emigration to the United States in 1958; and one daughter's death at age eleven. Ms. P. notes continuing contact and providing assistance to non-Jewish rescuers. She shows documents and pictures.

Author/Creator
P., Amalia, 1922-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 2001
Interview Date
June 1, 2001.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Amalia P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4135). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.