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Sam G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-450) interviewed by Ruby Bubis and Clara Zilberstein,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-450

Videotape testimony of Sam G., who was born in Tarnów, Poland in 1928. He recalls a secure childhood; attending a Jewish school; German occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; his parents' conflict when his brother fled to L'viv; his bar mitzvah in the ghetto on June 21, 1941; hiding with his parents during a round-up; mass shooting of the Jewish council witnessed by their Christian maid; moving to a furriers' workshop; his parents' deportation to Bełżec (he never saw them again); surviving a selection by stealing a work permit; escaping from the ghetto with assistance from their maid (she gave him false papers); returning to the ghetto out of fear; deportation to Płaszów; digging tunnels in Gross-Rosen in 1944; a death march; transfer to Mauthausen; forced labor in Ebensee; witnessing cannibalism; and liberation by United States troops. Mr. G. discusses his deep sense of loss at not knowing his parents' fate and missing all links with his past; his reluctance to share his experiences after the war; and a need to talk about it later.

G., Sam, 1928-
Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
Interview Date
March 5, 1983.
Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie)
Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie, Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sam G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-450). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.