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Zoltan G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-35) interviewed by Dori Laub and Laurel Vlock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-35

Videotape testimony of Zoltan G., who was born circa 1925 and grew up in a town in eastern Slovakia. Mr. G. describes his childhood and religious upbringing; the Hungarian occupation; his move to Budapest, where he worked as a cabinet maker; being forced, with his family, to the Sátoraljaújhely ghetto in 1944; and their deportation to Auschwitz. He relates his experiences as a laborer on a farm near Birkenau, where he was the favorite of an SS man; the death march in 1945 from Auschwitz to Gleiwitz, then Buchenwald; his liberation by the Americans; and his physical recovery. He also reflects on his prewar religious disaffection; the denial and passivity of many Jews during the Holocaust; and the gradual postwar lessening of feelings of bitterness and the need for revenge.

Author/Creator
G., Zoltan, ca. 1925-
Published
Bridgeport, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1979
Interview Date
August 8, 1979.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Zoltan G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-35). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.