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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.

Author/Creator
G., Ferdinand, 1912-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
November 13, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
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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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4295991
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