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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.
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.