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Ondrej G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4223) interviewed by Ingrid Antalová and René Lužica

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4223

Videotape testimony of Ondrej G., a Catholic Romani, who was born in Ruskinovce, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1921, one of ten children. He recounts cordial relations with non-Romani; attending school from age ten to fifteen; working with his father as a blacksmith; persecution of Romas by Hlinka guards after the formation of the Slovak state; vandalism against Romanies; moving with his mother to his sister's home in ľubietová; returning home; finding their house burned down; living with his brother; fear of deportation; enlisting in the military; fighting in the Soviet Union; their commander not discriminating against him and other Romani soldiers; one Hlinka commander persecuting the Romanies; his troop rioting against the Germans in 1944; their commander negotiating with the Germans for their lives; confiscation of their weapons; transfer to Italy as forced laborers; digging trenches; returning home in August 1945; military discharge in December; and marriage in 1946. Mr. G. discusses his postwar work history; raising five children; moving several times; building his own houses; and his hard life.

Author/Creator
G., Ondrej, 1921-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 2000
Interview Date
August 22, 2000.
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ondrej G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4223). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/5205242
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