David G. testimony 1984 [video recording]
Date of Recording18 January 1984
Duration1h 59m 44.0s
SynopsisDavid G. was born in 1914 in Beňadikovce, Czechoslovakia and his family moved to Bratislava when he was five years old. He describes his family and the Jewish community. He describes his early education and apprenticeship to become a businessman. He recalls hearing about political changes in Germany and increased antisemitism. David describes anti-Jewish regulations. He explains how his business was seized and given to a German man. He describes how he and his wife received false papers and fled to Hungary. He recalls receiving assistance from a man on the train to Budapest. He describes how he and his wife found employment. David describes how they were found out by the police and arrested. He explains that lawyers helped his pregnant wife go to a hospital in Budapest. David was held in a detention camp before being transferred to another camp that worked for the army. He describes receiving a special pass to return to Budapest to see his newborn son. He explains how his name was left off a transport list, which saved his life. He discusses how he was released on the condition he report to the police once a month. He describes the German invasion. David discusses how his brother had arranged for David’s wife and baby to move and helped her obtain false papers. He describes reporting to the police station and being placed on a transport to Auschwitz. He describes arriving at the camp and the selection process. He recalls being transferred to Wüstegiersdorf camp for forced labour. He discusses being evacuated to Hannover via Bergen-Belsen because of increased fighting and bombings nearby. He describes brutal treatment and executions carried out by the guards. He explains how he tried to escape with a transport of Hungarians but was caught. He recalls liberation by British troops. He recalls sickness in the camp from typhus and from eating too much food. He describes his escape with a group of friends. He describes receiving help after the war. He describes traveling through Czechoslovakia on his way to Budapest. David explains the importance of bartering and trading after the war. He describes reuniting with his wife and baby. He discusses their decision to go to Vienna. He describes a violent encounter with Russian soldiers on a train.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.