George G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1398) interviewed by Alan Lucas and Alice Epstein
- Ventnor, N.J. : Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic County/Stockton State College, Holocaust Oral History Project, 1989
- Interview Date
- May 11, 1989.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- George G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1398). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of George G., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1922. He describes being the oldest child of three in a traditional family; the family move to Poznań; anti-Semitic incidents in public school and law school (he attended for only three months due to the outbreak of the war); returning to Łódź in September 1939; ghettoization in 1940; forced labor managing a clothing factory; Ḥayim Rumkowski's role; starvation and epidemics; round-ups, first of the sick, then of entire areas; buying black market food to enable his family's survival; and mass deportations in 1943. Mr. G. recalls liquidation of the ghetto in 1944; deportation to Auschwitz with his family; selection of his mother and brother and soon learning their fate; stealing potato peels from the garbage for himself and his father; the death march to Kaltwasser; liberation; returning to Łódź to seek surviving family; learning that of his family of 140 members, only he and his father survived; and meeting his future wife. Mr. G. tells of returning to Germany; his marriage in 1946 in a displaced persons camp; emigration to the United States in 1949; his reluctance to discuss the Holocaust with his children; and a 1986 trip to Auschwitz to recite "kaddish."