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Ernest G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1223) interviewed by Jose Quiles and Bernard Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1223

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.

Author/Creator
G., Ernest, 1920-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1988
Interview Date
March 10, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4294881
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