Klára S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4131)
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1997
- Interview Date
- June 3, 1997.
- 3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS submaster; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Klára S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4131). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Klára S., who was born in Trebišov, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1935, the younger of two daughters. She recalls her father's dental practice; their exemption from deportation due to her father's practice; deportation with her family to Žilina in 1942; their release, with assistance from friends and bribes, to Horní Jelenec; support from the local priest and people; moving to Staré Hory where her father practiced; conversion to Catholicism; obtaining false documents; increased danger during the Slovak uprising; her father and others building bunkers; hiding with a group of Jews during conflicts between Germans and partisans; her father caring for injured partisans; discovery by a Hungarian unit; a German officer convincing them to release the Jews; liberation by Soviet troops at the end of 1944; returning home; finding all their possessions gone; moving to her maternal grandparents' home in Lučenec (they had been deported and killed); reunion with a cousin and uncle who had survived the camps; moving to Bratislava by herself at age fifteen; marriage, and emigration to the United States in 1968. Ms. S. discusses her conflicts between Judaism and Catholicism; sharing her story with her children; attributing her family's survival to the villagers with whom they lived and hid; and recording this testimony during a trip to Slovakia.