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Eva G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2290) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2290

Videotape testimony of Eva G., who was born in Debrecen, Hungary in 1927. She recalls attending a Jewish school; her father's shoe store; antisemitism beginning in 1938; confiscation of the store in 1943; her father's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; German invasion in March 1944; ghettoization; deportation with her family to Strasshof in June; finding her mother, sister, and aunts after their separation; their transfer to a munitions factory near Vienna; Allied bombings; assistance from an Austrian engineer; observing Yom Kippur with religious prisoners; singing and reciting poetry to raise morale; return to Strasshof; abandonment by the guards in April 1945; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Debrecen; learning her father had survived, but other relatives were killed; marriage in December; the births of two sons; escaping to Austria during the 1956 uprising; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. G. discusses how rare and lucky it was that her immediate family survived; living with painful memories and anger; she and her husband recently sharing their stories with their children; returning to visit her parents; and bringing her father to the United States after her mother's death (he died five years ago at age 87). She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
G., Eva, 1927-
Published
Brookline, Mass. : Brookline Holocaust Memorial Committee, 1991
Interview Date
November 19, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eva G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2290). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.