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Nava S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4159)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4159

Videotape testimony of Nava S., who was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, one of four daughters. She recounts her assimilated family (she did not know she was Jewish until implementation of Hitler's anti-Jewish laws); working as an actress from childhood; German invasion; working to support her family; her non-Jewish fiancé leaving her due to anti-Jewish laws; joining a Zionist organization and studying Hebrew despite her parents' disapproval; deportation to Theresienstadt; living in a Hechalutz home; acting in a theater directed by Gustav Schorsch (her mother watched her performances); directing children's plays; attending cabarets directed by Kurt Gerron; sham improvements for a Red Cross visit; her sister finding a mattress for her mother; deportation of her parents and sister; liberation by Soviet troops; six months quarantine; returning to Prague; reunion with her youngest sister (another sister also survived); performing again; and emigration to Israel in 1948. She shows photographs, and discusses the publication of her autobiography in Israel.

S., Nava.
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1999
Interview Date
December 2, 1999.
Prague (Czech Republic)
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Nava S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4159). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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