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Ferdinand G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1716) interviewed by Gabriele Schiff and Toby Blum-Dobkin,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1716

Videotape testimony of Ferdinand G., who was born in Terňa, Slovakia in 1912. He recalls his family's multi-generational roots in his town; attending schools in Prešov, Košice, Vrbové, Prague, and then medical school in Bratislava; Slovak independence and alliance with Germany; anti-Jewish regulations, including his expulsion from medical school; a failed attempt to escape to Switzerland; returning to the family farm in Terňa; deportations of relatives in spring 1942; helping a cousin hide; transfer to Vrbové in summer 1944; escaping a round-up which included his parents; hiding in villages; traveling to Bratislava using false papers; denouncement in November; deportation to Sered,̕ then Sachsenhausen; slave labor clearing bomb rubble in Berlin; transfer to several camps, ending at Bergen-Belsen; liberation by United States troops in April 1945; transfer to Malmö, Sweden to recover; repatriation to Prague; return of the family farm, which was later nationalized; an extended recovery in a sanitarium; completing medical school in 1950; marriage; the births of his children; assignment to the Czech Peace Corps in Tunisia; and emigration from there to the United States. Mr. G. notes that injuries from beatings in the camp continue to plague him and few of his relatives survived.

G., Ferdinand, 1912-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
November 13, 1990.
Terňa (Slovakia)
Prešov (Slovakia)
Košice (Slovakia)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Vrbové (Slovakia)
Malmö (Sweden)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ferdinand G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1716). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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