Ernest G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1223) interviewed by Jose Quiles and Bernard Weinstein
- Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1988
- Interview Date
- March 10, 1988.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ernest G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1223). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ernest G., who was born in Hajdúnánás, Hungary in 1920, the youngest of twelve children. Mr. G. recalls his family's Hasidism; his father's death in 1935; becoming secularized; attending a commercial school; obtaining a one-year exemption in 1941 from service in a Hungarian slave labor battalion; skepticism about rumors of concentration camps in Poland; being stationed in Budapest; German occupation in March 1944; visiting his mother who had moved to Budapest; escaping; hiding with nuns; obtaining papers for a Swedish safe house; escaping a round-up from the safe house; joining his mother and sister at a Red Cross house; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Hajdúnánás; reopening the family business; marriage in Budapest in 1948; traveling to Vienna; emigration to the United States in 1957; returning to Vienna; his children's births; and final emigration to the U.S. in 1961. Mr. G. discusses three brothers and sixteen of their children perishing; surviving due to luck; not sharing his experiences with his children; and nightmares about his experiences.