Arye Ephrath was born in a basement. It was spring, 1942 in Slovakia and local authorities collaborated with Nazi Germany to deport Jews, targeting young adults like Arye’s parents. His father had already fled to the nearby woods. Arye’s mother retreated downstairs, where she went into labor. The threat of deportation followed. In August 1944, Nazi Germany invaded Slovakia. Arye and his family escaped to Šišov, a Slovak village, where strangers hid them until their liberation in spring 1945.

Hear Holocaust survivor Arye Ephrath’s experiences in his own words recorded on November 16, 2022. First Person is a monthly hour-long discussion featuring a live interview between journalist Bill Benson and a survivor and including questions from the audience, available on the Museum’s YouTube channel.

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