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Victor G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2358) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2358

Videotape testimony of Victor G., who was born in Majdan, Czechoslovakia in 1929. He recalls orthodoxy as the center of their lives; the small, primitive village; antisemitic violence at Easter; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; living with relatives in Ruscova; German invasion; transport to Iza; a forced march to Khust; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from his mother and younger brothers (he never saw them again); assignment to the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); seeing his father and uncles often; the pain of watching them starve; his father encouraging him to get on a transport; transfer to Mauthausen (he never saw his father again), then Gusen; slave labor in an aircraft factory; others sabotaging the work; transfer to Gunskirchen; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization in Linz; returning home with a friend; reunion with his sister and cousins; living together in Resighea; smuggling themselves to Budapest, then Chomutov; registering for youth emigration to England; living in a group home in Millisle; volunteering for the Haganah; training in Marseille; illegal emigration to Palestine; serving in the 1948 Israel-Arab War; traveling to England; and marriage to a woman who converted to Judaism. Mr. G. discusses pervasive painful memories; his attitude toward revenge and religious faith; sharing his story with his children; and frequent trips to Israel.

G., Victor, 1929-
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
Interview Date
November 29, 1990.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Victor G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2358). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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