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Irene G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4442) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Barbara Hadley Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4442

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.

G., Irene, 1934-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2011
Interview Date
May 5, 2011.
Hajdúszoboszló (Hungary)
Debrecen (Hungary)
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.