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Oral history interview with Magda Winston

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2006.70.47 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0047

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    Oral history interview with Magda Winston


    Interview Summary
    Magda Winston, born June 23, 1914 in Topolcany, Czechoslovakia (Slovakia), discusses her religious and personal background; studying languages in Vienna, Austria for two years; her reaction to the events in Germany while in Vienna; her Austrian relatives arriving in 1938 as refugees; knowing Slovakian President Tiso personally; having to wear yellow stars in 1941 under Tiso; deportations to Majdanek starting; her parents being saved from deportation because of papers given by Tiso; her husband being arrested in November 1942; incidents with the governess’s brother and with a government secretary; seeing the partisans arriving; the liberation of Slovakia in September 1944; hearing that the German Army was coming back and leaving town with her husband on false papers for Banská-Bystrica, Slovakia; staying two weeks in a peasant’s house; leaving for the forest to join partisans; being told to leave the partisans; Germans occupying her valley in November 1944; hearing that her parents and 28 others were shot in the forest by the Germans; seeing German soldiers looking for partisans in the nearby village in January 1945; running and finding her husband and staying in a different place until the end of the war; and walking back to her hometown.
    Magda Winston
    Credit Line
    Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette.

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    Conditions on Use
    Permission must be obtained from the University of Sydney, Archive of Australian Judaica for any type of use other than research.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Winston, Magda, 1914-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Magda Winston for the Twelfth Hour Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received a copy of the interview in April 2006 from the State Library of New South Wales where the collection is housed.
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