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George D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2490) interviewed by Stephanie Hurst

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2490

Videotape testimony of George D., who was born in Ujpest (presently IV. Kerület), Hungary, a suburb of Budapest, in 1930, one of two children. He recounts his family's affluence; their sense of Hungarian identity (his father was a World War I veteran); attending Jewish elementary school and Hungarian high school; antisemitic harassment; one uncle's emigration to England in 1936; his father's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; his bar mitzvah, for which his father was absent; German invasion in spring 1944; anti-Jewish restrictions; forced relocation to the ghetto; burying their jewelry; giving other valuables to friends; transport with his mother, sister, grandmother, and aunt to a brick factory in Budakalász in July; transfer to a camp in Budapest six days later; release in September; joining relatives, then hiding with a farmer; imprisonment when they were seen; their release in November after his father had obtained Salvadorian papers for them; returning to Budapest with his father; using false papers to convince the Arrow Cross they were not Jews; living in Swiss-protected buildings; his grandmother joining them; liberation by Soviet troops in January 1945; returning home; recovering buried jewelry; some friends refusing to return other valuables; attending a boarding school; antisemitic harassment; joining his uncle in England in 1947; his parents' and sister's arrival in 1948; his father's death; marriage to a Hungarian survivor; the birth of two daughters; and establishing a business requiring frequent visits to Budapest. Mr. D. shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
D., George, 1930-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
March 11, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
George D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2490). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.