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Oral history interview with Eva Skokňová

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

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.


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Interviewee
Eva Skokňová
Interviewer
Eva Riečanská
Date
interview:  2016 February 10
Geography
creation: Poprad (Slovakia)
Language
Slovak
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
 
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:53:32
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