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Oral history interview with Eva Skokňová

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2011.438.59 | RG Number: RG-50.688.0059

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    Oral history interview with Eva Skokňová


    Interview Summary
    Eva Skokňová, born in 1929 in the town of Levice in western Slovakia, describes going to school in the town of Nové Zámky; her mother getting divorced after her father lost his job; having to travel for several surgeries as a child but being able to stay with her grandmothers; Hitler’s policies becoming popular and her father losing his job (he managed farm workers after the farm’s owners fled); being an evangelical and going to a Catholic school with Jewish girls who became her friends; Czechoslovakia splitting up and Czech teachers and state clerks having to leave and being replaced by Hungarians; Nové Zámky and Levice being annexed by Hungary and having to speak Hungarian; her parents telling her that Jewish people had to wear yellow stars because of the Germans; SS troopers looking down on people and treating them with disrespect; Miklós Horthy, the conservative head of state of the Kingdom of Hungary during most of World War II, coming to a parade in Nové Zámky on a white horse with Hungarian elite; a young Catholic boy and a Jewish girl falling in love and then committing suicide when Jews had to start wearing yellow stars; people crying at a funeral for the boy, who was not buried with the girl; and seeing Jewish men, women, and children walking in rows to a train station near her home with small bags and crying.
    Eva Skokňová
    Eva Riečanská
    interview:  2016 February 10
    creation: Poprad (Slovakia)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

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    Administrative Notes

    This is a witness interview of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Perpetrators, Collaborators, and Witnesses: The Jeff and Toby Herr Testimony Initiative, a multi-year project to record the testimonies of non-Jewish witnesses to the Holocaust. The interview was directed and supervised by Nathan Beyrak.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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