Irene G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4442) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Barbara Hadley Katz
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2011
- Interview Date
- May 5, 2011.
- 3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Irene G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4442). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Irene G., who was born in Hajdúszoboszló, Hungary in 1934, the oldest of five children. She recalls her family's orthodoxy; beautiful memories of Sabbath and holiday observances, despite their minimal lifestyle; attending a Jewish school; antisemitic harassment; her father's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in 1942; German occupation in 1944; round-up with her grandmother, siblings, and mother in June; deportation to the Debrecen ghetto, then to Strasshof; lack of sanitation and food; transfer to a camp in Vienna; caring for her siblings while her mother worked; frequent bombings; an encounter with her aunt (they never saw her again); transfer to Theresienstadt; being allowed to play on a nearby hill; aid from the Red Cross immediately before liberation by Soviet troops in May 1945; returning to Hajdúszoboszló; living with an aunt; her father's return; moving to Debrecen; and emigration with her family to join her father's sister in the United States in February 1948. Ms. G. discusses attributing their survival to her mother; her grandmother's death after they were deported; and marriage to a survivor.