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Alex G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1327) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Geoffrey H. Hartman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1327

Videotape testimony of Alex G., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1919. He describes his upbringing in a religiously observant, middle-class setting; the tendency to underestimate the significance of anti-Semitic measures in Germany; outbreak of war in 1939; and escaping to Lwów in the Soviet occupation zone, where he worked in a bakery and organized athletic functions. He tells of the German invasion; his reunion with family in the Bochnia ghetto; the killing of his parents in 1942; and traveling to Vienna on false papers. Mr. G. recalls staying in Vienna; acquaintances he made there; sending for his fiancee (also on forged papers); discovery by the authorities; their escape to Budapest; being aided in Budapest by the relative of a Polish friend; his marriage; and his brother's arrival from Bochnia. He recounts the collapse of the Horthy regime; he and his wife's arrest in Nagyvárad while trying to flee to Romania; detention in Budapest and Vienna; the intercession of a Viennese acquaintance which saved them from deportation; his postwar life; his brother's death in an auto accident; and his emigration from Belgium to Canada in 1950.

G., Alex, 1919-2006.
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
Interview Date
June 21, 1990.
Kraków (Poland)
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Bochnia (Poland)
Vienna (Austria)
Budapest (Hungary)
Oradea (Romania)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Alex G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1327). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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