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Nat G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1637) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Sara Moss Herz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1637

Videotape testimony of Nat G., who was born in Vilna, Poland in 1896. He describes Vilna; education in Jewish and technical schools; training as a mechanic; serving three years in the Russian army in World War I in an auto battalion; Polish occupation of Vilna in 1920; marriage in 1936; the prosperous family business; and the birth of his twin children. Mr. G. recalls ghettoization; mass murders; hiding during a round-up; discovery and deportation with his stepson to Narwa; work as a mechanic; unsuccessful attempts to save his stepson; extreme conditions of deprivation; transfer a year later to Danzig; a death march to Stutthof; and liberation by French troops in April 1945. He relates learning that his wife and daughter were in Vilna; their reunion in 1945; hearing that his daughter had been hidden; horrendous conditions she endured and resulting problems; the mass killing of 150 children in Vilna, including his son; and emigration to the United States. Mr. G. details conditions and atrocities in many concentration camps in which he was interned; the importance of his mechanical skills to his survival; his postwar life; and the tragedy of the unrealized potential of the murdered children.

Author/Creator
G., Nat, 1896-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
August 21, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Nat G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1637). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1007874
Record last modified: 2015-08-18 17:03:00
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