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Oral history interview with George Bauer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.2 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0002

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Dr. George Bauer describes his parents and sister; growing up in Budapest, Hungary; his father’s occupation as a merchant; the slow changes in Hungary; restrictions being put into place in 1938; Jews struggling to find work and his father trying to help when he could; living in an apartment building; the fascist party torturing Jewish students; attending a Jewish school; the German occupation beginning in March 1944; the director at his school telling him not to return to school; being forced to go to Russia and Yugoslavia to work in copper mines, where the conditions were terrible, and many of them were gunned down; the Iron Cross putting Jews in big apartments and taking their wealth; working in a winery, which was a Jewish labor service; people being drafted into the army; digging trenches; Jews being put into ghettos; the scarcity of food; his father escaping back to the winery; his mother living in a Swiss protected house; being hidden with others by a major his father knew; the ghetto being liberated on January 21, 1945; the death of his brother-in-law; returning to their home; being sent to take the corpses to the cemetery and clean up; receiving packages from America; not wanting to believe the rumors about Auschwitz; and hoping that people will prevent this from ever happening again.

Interviewee
George Bauer
Date
1990 July  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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