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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2358

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    Summary
    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.
    Author/Creator
    G., Victor, 1929-
    Published
    London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
    Interview Date
    November 29, 1990.
    Locale
    Khust (Ukraine)
    Ruscova (Romania)
    Majdan (Slovakia)
    Czechoslovakia
    Iza (Ukraine)
    Linz (Austria)
    Resighea (Romania)
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Chomutov (Czech Republic)
    Palestine
    Marseille (France)
    Millisle (Northern Ireland)
    Cite As
    Victor G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2358). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Perry, Elliot, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 57 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Hungarian occupation.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Subjects
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Jewish children in the Holocaust. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. Concentration camp inmates--Family relationships. Fathers and sons. Forced labor. Sabotage. Revenge. Faith. Zionists. Israel-Arab War, 1948-1949. Khust (Ukraine) Ruscova (Romania) Majdan (Slovakia) Czechoslovakia. Iza (Ukraine) Linz (Austria) Resighea (Romania) Budapest (Hungary) Chomutov (Czech Republic) Palestine--Emigration and immigration. Marseille (France) Millisle (Northern Ireland) Oral histories (document genres) G., Victor,--1929- Auschwitz (Concentration camp) Mauthausen (Concentration camp) Gusen (Concentration camp) Haganah (Organization) Gunskirchen (Concentration camp)

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296717
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:28:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt4296717

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