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Ralph G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2860) interviewed by Josie Riger

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2860

Videotape testimony of Ralph G., who was born in Fürstenwalde, Germany in 1931. He recounts his parents' divorce in 1936; living briefly in an orphanage in Berlin; his mother's remarriage; emigration to Prague in 1938; living in Teplice, Prague, and Bratislava; an unsuccessful attempt to emigrate to Cuba; traveling to Nové Zámky; Hungarian occupation; round-up; deportation to a farm; his stepfather bribing guards to obtain their release; relocating to Budapest; living briefly in a children's home; flying to Venice; living in Milan; assistance from the Jewish community; attending public school, then a Jewish school; his stepfather's arrest; visiting him in Urbisaglia; Allied bombardments; walking to Asso; living in an abandoned factory for several days; German invasion; his mother paying smugglers to take them from Como to Switzerland; staying briefly in Chiasso, Bellinzona, Zurich, and Les Avants; his mother placing him with the Red Cross so she could work; their transferring him to a hotel in Geneva for three weeks, then a children's home; attending school in Blonay; his mother's return to Italy after the war; attending school in Locarno; reunion with his parents in Bari in 1946; and emigration to the United States in 1948. Mr. G. notes his good fortune contrasted with the deaths of many relatives in the Holocaust, including his biological father in Dachau in 1941. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
G., Ralph, 1931-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1995
Interview Date
March 14, 1995.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ralph G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2860). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.