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Louis G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2353) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2353

Videotape testimony of Louis G., who was born in Izvor, Czechoslovakia (presently Rodnikovka, Ukraine) in 1914, one of fifteen children. He recalls being the only Jewish family in town; attending school in Izvor, Svali︠a︡va, and Mukacheve; membership in Betar; attending law school in Prague; teaching from 1933 to 1938; hearing Vladimir Jabotinsky speak; Hungarian occupation; opening a candy store in Svali︠a︡va; conscription for a Hungarian labor battalion in March 1939; several releases and re-conscriptions; forced labor in Yugoslavia, the Carpathian Mountains, and Kisvárda; marriage in 1942; transfer to the Russian front near Voronezh; capture with his two brothers by Soviet troops in Ostrogorsk in December 1942; a forced march in which one brother perished; train transport to Morshansk; many POW deaths from starvation, cold, and disease; cannibalism; recovering from typhoid in the infirmary; joining the Soviet Army in 1944; fighting through Slovakia, Bohemia, and Moravia to Prague; war's end; reunion with his wife (she had been in Auschwitz); living in Prague; and emigration to the United States. Mr. G. notes his limited knowledge of the Holocaust while in the Soviet Union.

G., Louis, 1914-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
September 22, 1993.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Louis G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2353). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.