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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.
Soviet Union
Rodnikovka (Ukraine)
Svali︠a︡va (Ukraine)
Mukacheve (Ukraine)
Morshansk (Russia)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Carpathian Mountains
Kisvárda (Hungary)
Ostrogozhsk (Russia)
Voronezh (Russia)
Bohemia (Czech Republic)
Moravia (Czech Republic)
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.