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Kariel G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3561)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3561

Videotape testimony of Kariel G., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1921. He recounts growing up in an assimilated family; his mother's death during his birth; attending public school; his bar mitzvah; antisemitic legislation; a menial factory job; draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in 1942; forced labor constructing airports; a medical furlough to Budapest; obtaining false papers; escaping to Budapest; his father convincing him to return; deportation to Bor; slave labor for Organization Todt; obtaining extra food from Serbian peasants; a death march to Zemun; transfer to Ustaša guards; continuing the death march to Pančevo, then a brick factory in Crvenka; hiding during a mass killing in October 1944; escaping; assistance from local people; joining a partisan unit; enlisting in the Soviet military; participating in the liberation of Budapest; returning to his home (his family did not survive); and recovering family belongings. Mr. G. discusses details of the labor battalion and camps; relations between orthodox and secular Jews and different treatment of them by the guards; and survival of almost no one from his death march. He shows his drawings of life in the camps.

G., Kariel, 1921-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
July 5, 1993 and July 22, 1993.
Budapest (Hungary)
Pančevo (Serbia)
Crvenka (Serbia)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Kariel G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3561). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.