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Oral history interview with Magda Winston

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

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.

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Winston, Magda
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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.
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:11:16
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