Tobias G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2266) interviewed by Zelda Kaplan and Nancy West
- Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1990
- Interview Date
- May 22, 1990.
- 2 copies: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Tobias G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2266). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Tobias G., who was born in Tukums, Latvia in 1922. He recalls growing up in a large, religious family; the outbreak of war; Soviet occupation; anti-Jewish regulations after German invasion; deportation to Dachau in October 1942; separation from his father and brothers when the train stopped in Auschwitz (he never saw them again); cleaning streets and buildings in Munich after Allied bombings; frequent prisoner injuries from unexploded bombs; a guard cutting his finger off to obtain a ring; medical assistance from an Austrian soldier; extreme hunger and weakness in April 1945; praying with a rabbi at night; and liberation by United States troops, among whom were the first African-Americans he had ever seen. Mr. G. recounts studying in a culinary school in Switzerland; unsuccessful efforts to find his family; marriage; emigration to the United States in 1951; and learning in 1990 that his mother and sister survived the war.