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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.
Locale
Austria
Prešov (Slovakia)
Terňa (Slovakia)
Sabinov (Slovakia)
Bardejov (Slovakia)
Frička (Slovakia)
Žehňa (Slovakia)
Košice (Slovakia)
Israel
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.