George F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2888) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer and Leon Satenstein
- Brookline, Mass. : Brookline Holocaust Memorial Committee, 1992
- Interview Date
- June 10, June 22, and July 31, 1992.
- 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.
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.