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Ben G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-364)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-364

Videotape testimony of Ben G., who was born in Užhorod, Czechoslovakia in 1928 to a family of eight children. He recalls the warmth of family life and the large Jewish community, particularly at holidays; Hungarian occupation; forced service of all men in labor battalions; German invasion; ghettoization in 1944; separation from his family upon arrival at Birkenau; transfer to Auschwitz, then Buna/Monowitz; frequent public hangings; slave labor building bunkers; the death march to Gleiwitz in January 1945; transfer to Flossenbüsrg in February; witnessing cannibalism; brutal treatment of Jews by Polish and Ukrainian prisoners; a forced march to a forest; hiding in fields after April 22; and liberation by United States troops. Mr. G. describes walking to Schwarzwald; reunion with his sister in Užhorod; emigration to Israel; military service; marriage; the births of three children; and emigration to the United States in 1954.

Author/Creator
G., Ben, 1928-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1983
Interview Date
October 30, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ben G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-364). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.