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Juraj B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4206)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4206

Videotape testimony of Juraj B., a Catholic Romani, who was born in Sásová, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1920. He recalls extreme poverty in his childhood; harassment against Romanies; observing arrest of Jews; military draft in 1940; assignments in Trnava, Rimavská Sobota, and near the Polish border; the Germans confiscating their rifles and impressing them into forced labor; particularly harsh treatment by the Hlinka guard; having to wear different uniforms; being sent to work for private farmers where they received better food; inadequate clothing for the harsh winters; escaping with about twenty others; joining the Polish partisans in Sanok; crossing to Slovakia with his unit; fighting Germans in Vyšný Komárnik; liberation in Zvolenská Slatina; disinterring bodies from a mass grave in Kremnicka; recognizing his sister, her husband, and others from Sásová, reburying them and construction of a memorial; working in construction; and attending evening school, then political school in Bratislava.

Author/Creator
B., Juraj, 1920-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1999
Interview Date
July 17, 1999.
Locale
Slovakia
Germany
Poland
Czechoslovakia
Sásová (Slovakia)
Trnava (Slovakia)
Rimavská Sobota (Slovakia)
Sanok (Poland)
Vyšný Komárnik (Slovakia)
Zvolenská Slatina (Slovakia)
Kremnica (Slovakia)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Juraj B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4206). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.