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Maurice G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-504) interviewed by Sylvia Abrams

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-504

Videotape testimony of Maurice G., who was born in a village in Slovakia (then Austro-Hungarian Monarchy) in approximately 1914, one of five children. He recounts his father's death; attending school in Prešov and synagogue in Terňa; participating in Maccabi; working on a hachsharah; military draft in 1936; demobilization in 1939; a sister's deportation; deportation with his family to Sabinov, then Prešov, in May 1942; transfer to Žilina, then a ghetto in Poland; selection for slave labor (he never saw his family again); receiving food from non-Jews; escaping with two others; traveling to Bardejov; assistance from a Jewish baker; encountering a friend; traveling to his friend's house in Frička; falsifying papers as a non-Jew; working in Žehňa for a farmer who was a Jehovah's Witness; hiding Jewish families in several locations with assistance from the farmer; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home (no one was left); moving to Prešov; draft into the Czech military in March 1945; meeting his future wife, an Auschwitz survivor, in Košice; marriage in 1947; meeting representatives of Haganah; emigrating to Israel in 1948, then to the United States in 1956. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
G., Maurice, 1914?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
October 31, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Maurice G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-504). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.