George M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-591)
- Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1984
- Interview Date
- December 16, 1984.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. with VHS time coding.
- Cite As
- George M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-591). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of George M., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1934. He recalls enrollment in a music conservatory at age five; attending a Jewish school; threatened deportation beginning in 1941 because his father was not Hungarian; hiding during round-ups with assistance from friends and relatives; German occupation in March 1944; his father's deportation; his mother placing him and his brother in a children's home under Swiss protection; receiving a postcard from her in December saying she was being deported; evacuation of the home; being sent to the ghetto; a non-Jewish aunt bringing them food; occasionally seeking food himself, despite the danger; liberation by Soviet troops in January 1945; learning of the camps and of his father's shooting in Dachau; attending school; learning in 1946 that his mother was alive in Sweden (she had been in Bergen-Belsen); her return; attending the Academy of Music; his brother's emigration to Israel in 1947; and his to the United States in 1956 with his mother, stepfather, fiancée; and her family. He discusses becoming a psychologist, rather than a musician, due to the war; his children not "cherishing" knowledge about his past; and visiting Hungary in 1980.