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Judith G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2638) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2638

Videotape testimony of Judith G., who was born in Munkacs, Czechoslovakia (presently Mukacheve, Ukraine) in 1933, an only child. Ms. G. recounts her mother was a United States citizen; their intention to move there; Hungarian occupation; her mother choosing not to go the U.S. rather than leave Ms. G. behind; her father's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in 1941; German invasion in March 1944; relocation to a facility for foreign citizens in Budapest (a Swiss safe house); her aunt hiding with them; transfer to a prison in Komárom in December; a death march on which her mother was killed; her aunt assuming her mother's identity; train transport to Ravensbrück; exemption from selections due to the U.S. citizenship; beatings and constant fear she would die; remaining alone when her aunt was hospitalized; assistance from a Romani prisoner; a cousin finding her, which was a relief since she was so lonely; evacuation in April; liberation by Soviet troops; learning her father had survived; reunion with him in Prague; moving to Brussels; illegal emigration with her father and aunt to Israel; incarceration on Cyprus; living on a kibbutz; visiting relatives in the United States in 1957; and remaining. Ms. G. discusses her hope for many years that her mother had survived, and knowing no one can understand what she has gone through. She shows her second grade class photograph, and notes only she and one other child survived.

Author/Creator
G., Judith, 1933-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
September 8, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Judith G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2638). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.