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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.
Locale
Hungary
Soviet Union
Debrecen (Hungary)
IV. Kerület (Budapest, Hungary)
Budapest (Hungary)
Szentes (Hungary)
Szeged (Hungary)
Deli︠a︡tyn (Ukraine)
Kolomyi︠a︡ (Ukraine)
Volʹsk (Russia)
Saratov (Russia)
Donets Basin (Ukraine and Russia)
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.