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David and Rosa G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-140)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-140

Videotape testimony of David G., who was born in Cluj, Romania in 1915, and Rosa G., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1915. Mr. G. describes his family of nine children; work as a stockbroker in Cluj; German occupation; ghettoization; his brothers' working in Russia in a Hungarian labor battalion; deportation to the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager) of Auschwitz/Birkenau; transport to Kaufering; forced labor; public hanging of a boy who stole bread; liberation by United States troops; and meeting his wife in Landsberg displaced persons camp. He discusses his acquaintance with Rudolf Kasztner in Cluj; Kasztner's rescue of 175 family members; his offer to save Mr. G. who refused to leave his own family; and his sense that Kasztner was not guilty of collaboration. Mrs. G. relates the German occupation of Budapest in 1944; ghetto conditions; a forced march to Austria; transport to Landsberg; forced labor as a seamstress; obtaining extra food from soldiers for whom she sewed; praying that she would see her family again; transfer to Dachau in 1945; liberation by United States troops; life in the Landsberg displaced persons camp; her marriage; the birth of their son and his death six weeks later; and emigration to the United States in 1949.

Author/Creator
G., David, 1915-
Published
Kansas City, Mo. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1979
Interview Date
1979.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
David and Rosa G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-140). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.