Ladislav Porjes and Rafael Friedl

Ladislav Porjes and Rafael Friedl
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  • Photo taken in:
    Sväty Jur
    Year when photo was taken:
    1941
    Country name at time of photo:
    Independent State of Slovakia 1938-45
    Country name today:
    Slovakia
This picture is from 1941 or 1942, it was taken in the Svaty Jur labor camp, into which I was drafted on 3rd October 1941. I'm the young man with glasses on the left, in the right part of the photograph is my friend Rafael Friedl, a musically and linguistically talented boy, who was a fervent Zionist. He managed to escape, and lived to see the liberation in a small Slovak town as the organist of a local Catholic church. Many years later I met him in Prague, where he was working as a diplomat for the state of Israel under the Hebrew name of Rafael ben Shalom. He asked me whether I wouldn't like to work for Simon Wiesenthal as a 'Nazi hunter.' But I declined the offer. I wanted to start a new life. I wanted to forget all of those horrors. Of course, it's impossible to forget. Maybe forgive, but it's definitely impossible to forget.

Interview details

Interviewee: Ladislav Porjes
Interviewer:
Dagmar Grešlová
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2006
Praha, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Ladislav Porjes
Year of birth:
1921
City of birth:
Žilina
Country name at time of birth:
Czechoslovakia
Occupation
after WW II:
Journalist/editor

Other Person

Rafael Friedl
Jewish name:
David

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