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Oral history interview with Vlasta Poláková

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

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.

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Vlasta Poláková
Eva Riečanská
interview:  2015 April 10
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2023-11-16 09:26:51
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