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Oral history interview with George Vida

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1806 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1806

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    Oral history interview with George Vida

    Overview

    Interview Summary
    Rabbi George Vida, born on July 31, 1906, discusses his early years in Csongrad, Hungary; his education in a seminary in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland) from 1924 to 1930; his congregation in Jablonec, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic); the changes he experienced after the German annexation of the Sudetenland on September 12, 1938 and the dramatic number of families in his congregation that left the area; the resistance against the Germans that he observed among the Czech people; his immigration to the United States with his wife in 1939; his experiences as a chaplain in the United States Army beginning in 1943 and the work he performed, particularly his work with displaced persons in the Zeilsheim and Bensheim DP camps; the conditions in the DP camps; the challenges of working with the bureaucracy of the United Joint Distribution Committee; the mutable attitudes of the American soldiers; and his encounters with both survivors and perpetrators in the years following the war. [Mr. Vida wrote a book about his experiences entitled "From doom to dawn: a Jewish chaplain's story of displaced persons".]
    Interviewee
    Rabbi George Vida
    Date
    interview:  1980 September 29
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Extent
    2 sound recording : WAV.

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Vida, George, 1906-1989.

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project conducted the interview with George Vida on September 29, 1980. The interview was received by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in January 2013.
    Record last modified:
    2023-11-16 08:52:39
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