George K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2734) interviewed by Josie Riger and Fred Barko
- Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1994
- Interview Date
- May 25, 1994.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- George K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2734). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of George K., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1922, one of four children. He recounts his family's affluence; living in Pápa; increasing antisemitism and anti-Jewish legislation; draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion for three months in 1943, despite his and his father's exemption due to the latter's World War I military service; German invasion in March 1944; ghettoization; transfer to a brick factory; forced labor; transfer with his father to Sárvár with his father; deportation to Auschwitz; slave labor digging trenches and building barracks; frequent beatings; he and another prisoner trading with Polish civilians for extra food; transfer to the kitchen; encountering his brother, and Mary K., his future wife; transfer with his brother to Lieberose; his brother's hospitalization (he never saw him again); transfer to Sachsenhausen; slave labor in a factory; a German overseer giving him extra food; public executions of Soviets who sabotaged the work; liberation from a death march by United States troops; working for them as a translator; traveling to Budapest via Leipzig and Prague; reunion with Mary K.; returning home (only his twin sister had survived); marriage; the death of his first child; reopening his family's factory; its confiscation by the Communists; escaping to Austria during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956; and emigration to the United States.