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Nandor G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3586) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3586

Videotape testimony of Nandor G., who was born in Subotica, Yugoslavia in 1924. Mr. G. recounts attending cheder; leaving school due to Jewish quotas; training as a stone-cutter; working birefly in Budapest; Hungarian occupation in 1941; ghettoization; conscription into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; railroad work in Szeged; witnessing transports of Jews in cattle cars; a World War I war veteran in his group obtaining permission from the city Kommandant to remain as Soviet troops approached; liberation by the Soviets in September 1944; returning to Subotica; learning his family and almost all other Jews had been deported and killed; joining the partisans; battles with German troops; capture by SS and Ustaša troops; not identifying himself as a Jew with the complicity of his fellow prisoners; release in a prisoner exchange; serving as a machine gunner with the partisans; being severely wounded; hospitalization; moving to Belgrade after the war; and attending art school. Mr. G. discusses his experiences and personal losses as the inspiration for his art; winning competitions for memorial sculptures at Dachau and Mauthausen; and other monuments located throughout Serbia. The testimony was recorded in Mr. G.'s studio and his work is shown.

Author/Creator
G., Nandor, 1924-
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
May 14, 1996.
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Nandor G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3586). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.