Carl G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-636) interviewed by Maryanne Kador and Mark Blechner
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
- Interview Date
- November 10, 1985.
- 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.
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.