Jan B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4207) interviewed by Ingrid Antalová and René Lužica
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1999
- Interview Date
- September 18, 1999.
- 3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jan B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4207). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jan B., a Catholic Romani, who was born in Sásová, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1924, one of twelve children. He recounts his family's poverty; attending school; a local priest and teacher taking an interest in him; continuing school in Banská Bystrica; persecution of Romanies after the formation of the Slovak state; forced labor with his father building roads under harsh conditions; threat of deportation by the Hlinka guard; commiserating with the Jews; observing their deportations; his family hiding a Jewish girl; her discovery; joining the partisans; blowing up railroads in many locations; equal treatment of him and other Romanies in the partisans; receiving food from local Romanies; liberation eight months after joining the partisans; returning home; good treatment under the communists; and persecution more recently. He notes the Hlinka and Germans were equally cruel and the murder of many of his family, including his sister.