Antónia P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4214) interviewed by Ingrid Antalová and René Lužica
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1999
- Interview Date
- September 19, 1999.
- 3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Antónia P.Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4214). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Antónia P., a Catholic Romani, who was born in Čierny Balog, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1932, one of eight children. She recounts her father was a musician; moving to Lučenec, then Kokava for her parents' employment; her father's arrest several times for not having a musician's certificate; working in a sawmill in her mother's stead so her mother could care for a newborn; a Jewish shop owner giving them merchandise when they had no money; playing with Jewish children and sleeping at their homes; observing the Hlinka guard confiscating all the property of the Jews and the Jews disappearing; hiding in the forests from German troops; the children in hiding suffering from hunger; Germans arresting Romanies they found; bringing the imprisoned Romani food; being placed in a queue with the other Romanies; a non-Romani who knew her having her removed from the group (she learned they were shot because her future husband had to bury the victims); liberation by Soviet troops; marriage at seventeen; and the births of seven children. Ms. P. notes she cannot read or write since she never attended school due to frequent moves and having to work, and her family's band winning musical competitions.