Mary G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2491) interviewed by Alberta Strage
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
- Interview Date
- October 18, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Mary G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2491). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Mary G., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1935, an only child. She recounts that her great-grandmother was not Jewish; an idyllic childhood; frequent visits to her grandparents' villa outside Budapest; attending a Jewish school; an uncle, his family, and other relatives moving to England in 1939; moving to the villa in 1943 to avoid Allied bombings; attending school in Szentendre; German invasion in spring 1944; her father's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; returning to Budapest with her mother; her family obtaining false papers for her; hiding with a non-Jewish family; being moved to their country home; liberation by Soviet troops; reunion with her mother, grandparents, and other relatives; learning her father had not survived; attending the Jewish school that she had before the war; emigration with her mother in 1947 to join relatives in England; living in Kent; attending boarding school in Surrey; living in London; she and her mother joining relatives in Johannesburg in 1950; returning to England in 1960; moving to Israel in 1962; marriage; her child's birth and death; the 1967 Arab-Israeli war; returning to England in 1969; and her husband's death in 1972. Ms. G. discusses her fear while in hiding; her family often speaking about their experiences, but not discussing them with non-survivors; attending the inaugural Hidden Child Conference; and participating in her aunt's husband's charitable foundation. She shows photographs.