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Carl G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-636) interviewed by Maryanne Kador and Mark Blechner,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-636

Videotape testimony of Carl G., who was born in Veča, Czechoslovakia, in 1929. Mr. G. recalls childhood in the large family of a cantor and kosher butcher; attending a German language school in Bratislava; returning home when the borders closed in 1938; ghettoization in 1944; his father's conscription into a Hungarian labor battalion; hiding his mother's rings in the garbage pit; her refusal to leave her children with Romanies; deportation to a brick works in Érsekújvar; transport to Birkenau; believing the crematoria to be bakeries; and throwing food to female inmates. He relates incarceration in the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); praying for food with his younger brother; working for the Jewish camp doctor; a Polish Gentile saving his brother from selection; transfer to Kaufering; stoking stoves in the kapos' quarters; being saved from selection by the camp doctor in early 1945; a death march to Dachau; escape from a subsequent march; recapture; and liberation by Americans. He recalls reunion with his sole surviving brother; recovering his mother's rings; returning to Germany as an American soldier in 1951; marrying a participant in the 1956 Hungarian revolution; and telling of his experience to give Passover meaning to his children.

G., Carl, 1929-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
November 10, 1985.
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Veča (Czechoslovakia)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Carl G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-636). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.