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Joe G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-311) interviewed by Sarah Moskovitz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-311

Videotape testimony of Joe G., who was born in approximately 1938, the youngest of nine children. He recalls their apartment in Budapest; anti-Jewish restrictions including curfews and wearing the star; a futile attempt to emigrate to Palestine; being sent with four siblings to a Red Cross children's home in Buda in summer 1944; Soviet forces fighting Hungarians and Nazis in front of their building; liberation by Soviets in January; observing Soviets execute captured Nazis; returning home after Pest's liberation; finding their parents; reunion with their other siblings (non-Jews hid them or provided false papers); one brother's permanent debilitation from poor sanitation and nutrition; the Red Cross sending him to recuperate in Romania; returning home; seeing thousands of bodies pulled from the river while picnicking with his family; smuggling themselves to Germany; living in Pocking displaced persons camp for three years; emigration to Israel; leaving due to his mother's health; living in Feldafing and Föhrenwald displaced persons camp; emigration to Canada in 1951; and his emigration to the United States in 1964. Mr. G. discusses his lack of education; nightmares and flashbacks; sharing his story with his children; and surviving due to family unity. He shows a photograph.

Author/Creator
G., Joe, 1938?-
Published
Northridge, Calif. : Child Survivor Archive at California State University, Northridge, 1984
Interview Date
May 22, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Joe G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-311). 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/4293398
Record last modified: 2015-08-18 17:06:00
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