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George F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2888) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer and Leon Satenstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2888

Videotape testimony of George F., who was born in Abaújszántó, Hungary in 1925 and raised in Budapest. He recalls exclusion from higher education due to Jewish quotas; a printer's apprenticeship starting in 1940; forced labor in 1942; stealing letterhead to make false papers for others; German invasion in 1944; organizing an underground; draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; organizing an escape; recapture; contacts by underground colleagues leading to planned sabotage; escaping to Budapest; posing as a non-Jew; forced labor for Todt in Austria; a death march to Mauthausen in December 1944; Austrians throwing them food; a death march to Gunskirchen; starvation, disease, and cannibalism; liberation by United States troops; working for the U.S. military; capture by Soviets while traveling home; forced labor; escape; traveling to Budapest; reunion with his mother, sister, and uncle (his father had perished); changing his name due to antisemitism; marriage; his son's birth in 1955; participating in the 1956 uprising; escaping to Vienna; and emigration to the United States. Mr. F. discusses his mother's and sister's experiences; his career; sharing his story with his son; and losing his belief in God during the war, but raising his son as a Jew. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
F., George, 1925-
Published
Brookline, Mass. : Brookline Holocaust Memorial Committee, 1992
Interview Date
June 10, June 22, and July 31, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
George F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2888). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4289097
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