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Vera G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4471) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Pam Goodman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4471

Videotape testimony of Vera G., who was born in Kecel, Hungary in 1938, the younger of two children. She recounts her grandmother living with them; confiscation of the family business due to anti-Jewish laws; her father's one-year imprisonment due to a supposed violation; cousins living with them; former non-Jewish business suppliers bringing them food; German occupation in spring 1944; deportation with her family (aunts, cousins, and her grandmother) to Szeged, a week later to Strasshof, then to Sankt Polten; the older children organizing a “school” for the younger ones while the adults did forced labor; bombings after about a year; her father organizing their escape during a bombing; their other relatives staying behind; hiding when her father returned to retrieve them; learning they had all been deported or shot (none survived); her father entering the local hospital as a non-Jewish refugee (he was diabetic and needed insulin); living in hospital buildings for bombing victims; Soviet liberation; leaving on April 15; arriving at Budapest via Vienna on May 5; returning to Kecel; confiscation of Jewish property by the Arrow Cross, including their home; she and her brother completing school in Budapest; working in Győr; escaping to Vienna during the 1956 uprising; being brought to the United States, assistance from HIAS; and marriage in 1957. Ms. G. discusses a monument her father built to victims of the Holocaust; visiting Hungary after her parents' deaths; and not sharing her experiences with her children. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
G., Vera, 1938-
Published
Bronx, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2014
Interview Date
November 11, 2014.
Language
English
Copies
1 copy: Digital file.
Cite As
Vera G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4471). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.