Memories of Youth: Slovak Jewish Holocaust Survivors and the Nováky Labor Camp

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dc.contributor.advisor Polonsky, Antony
dc.contributor.advisor Michlic, Joanna B. Spira, Karen 2011-05-23T18:41:44Z 2011-05-23T18:41:44Z 2011
dc.description.abstract The fate of Jewish children and families is one of the understudied social aspects of the Holocaust. This thesis aims to fill in the lacuna by examining the intersection of Jewish youth and families, labor camps, and the Holocaust in Slovakia primarily using oral testimonies. Slovak Jewish youth survivors gave the testimonies to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem, Israel. Utilizing methodology for examining children during the Holocaust and the use of testimonies in historical writing, this thesis reveals the reaction of Slovak Jewish youth to anti-Jewish legislation and the Holocaust. This project contributes primary source based research to the historical record on the Holocaust in Slovakia, the Nováky labor camp, and the fate of Jewish youth. The testimonies reveal Jewish daily life in pre-war Czechoslovakia, how the youth understood the rise in antisemitism, and how their families ultimately survived the Holocaust. Through an examination of the Nováky labor camp, we learn how Jewish families and communities were able to remain together throughout the war, maintain Jewish life, and how they understood the policies and actions enacted upon them.
dc.description.sponsorship Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
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dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Brandeis University
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Karen Spira 2011
dc.subject Holocaust Nováky
dc.subject Slovakia
dc.subject Nováky
dc.subject Jewish children
dc.title Memories of Youth: Slovak Jewish Holocaust Survivors and the Nováky Labor Camp
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies MA Masters Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
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