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Oral history interview with Helena Spálová

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.438.2 | RG Number: RG-50.688.0002

Helena Spálová, born May 28, 1928 in Hlohovec, Slovakia, discusses her family life before the creation of the Slovak State; the local prewar economy; her mother who worked for Jewish families; the looting of Jewish stores after the Slovak State was declared; seeing a schoolmate and other Jews being deported at the train station; witnessing townspeople carry items away after they looted a family friend’s home; hearing Gardist songs played from speakers as soldiers marched; the "aryanization" of local Jewish businesses; Jewish families living secretly in basements and other hiding places; a family’s arrest after their hiding place was discovered; secretly baking matzah with other non-Jewish women; and the postwar return of Jews who were in hiding during the war.

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Spálová, Helena
Riečanská, Eva
interview:  2011 September 24
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:53:31
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