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Oral history interview with George Vida

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

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".]

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Vida, Rabbi George
interview:  1980 September 29
2 sound recording : WAV.
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
Record last modified: 2022-06-16 10:01:41
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