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Yehoshua G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4168)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4168

Videotape testimony of Yehoshua G., who was born in Debrecen, Hungary in 1921, the youngest of three children. He recounts completing gymnasium; antisemitic violence and restrictions; moving with his family to Ujpest (IV. Kerület); working in a knitting factory; participating in Noʻar ha-Tsiyoni; his father's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in 1940, his brother's draft in 1942, and his in 1943; slave labor in several locations, including Szentes; marriage to his girlfriend while on leave; transfer to Szeged, Budapest, Deli︠a︡tyn (Ukraine) and other locations; being wounded; capture by Soviet troops; incarceration with Hungarian POWs and Jews in Kolomyi︠a︡; transfer from a field hospital to one in Volʹsk; incarceration as an Axis POW; transfer to Saratov, then Donets Basin; release due to his illness; returning to Budapest; learning all his family had been killed but his wife had survived and was en route to Israel; emigration to join her in 1949; the births of three children; and his wife's death at age forty-three. Mr. G. attributes his survival to luck and chance.

Author/Creator
G., Yehoshua, 1921-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2000
Interview Date
March 9, 2000.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Yehoshua G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4168). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.