Man recounts time in 3 WWII concentration camps

George Fodor, 80, says memories are still vivid

SAN ANTONIO – George Fodor was just a boy when he was taken from his home and ushered into a unimaginable part of world history.

At 80-years-old, he said his recollection of the time he spent in three concentration camps during WWII have not grown hazy.

"Sometimes I wake up perspiring, middle of the night, that I'm going through it now," said Fodor.

Fodor, his sister and mother were taken from their home by Nazi soldiers in Hungary on June 16, 1944. His father was separated from the family and taken to a slave labor camp.

Fodor would never see his father again.

Without him, the family was corralled with roughly 10,000 people, some of whom were strip searched as they waited for one of three trains to take them away.

Fodor said he remembers people in the crowd fighting to get on the first train that later, he learned, went to the infamous Auschwitz.

"If I would have gotten on the first transport, I would have been killed by the first of July," Fodor said.

Instead, he was taken to a series of camps to work for the Nazi war effort. Over the next several months, he would near starvation and deadly infection.

Then in May of 1945, Russian troops liberated Fodor's camp signaling the fall of Nazi Germany.

George went on to become a chemist and moved to San Antonio in 1966, where he raised a family.

In the 80s, he returned to the first site of his childhood horrors.

"A lot of crying. Forgive me," Fodor asked, as tears filled his eyes. "It seems like the older I get, the more emotional I get, too."

Fodor now shares his emotional story with local student groups in San Antonio to make sure the world always remembers what he can never forget.

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