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Oral history interview with Vlasta Poláková

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.438.40 | RG Number: RG-50.688.0040

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Vlasta Poláková, born on January 21, 1926 in Košice, Slovakia, describes her experiences in Žilina, Slovakia during WWII; talking to some Jewish women in Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia in 1938 who were being sent to Germany to work in recreational facilities; moving to Ostrava, Slovakia with her family when the Hungarians took over Košice; moving to Žilina; hiding three Jewish families in the cellar of their house in Rajec, Slovakia (circa 1944); seeing Jews being forced to do labor in the streets of Žilina; watching the deportation of Jews by train from Žilina; seeing a mass grave; the curfew; Jews having to wear yellow stars; the detainment of Jews by Hlinka Guards; and the Hlinka Guard conventions every three months and the songs they sang.

Vlasta Poláková
Eva Riečanská
2015 April 10  (interview)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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Record last modified: 2018-04-09 11:39:30
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