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Jack G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-552) interviewed by Gitta Fajerstein Roth and Gordon Maguire

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-552

Videotape testimony of Jack G., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1938 to a Jewish father (whom he never knew) and a half-Jewish mother. He recounts his mother telling him of his father's arrest in 1939; hiding with his mother; deportation with his mother to Theresienstadt; his mother's forced labor; an unsuccessful attempt to transfer to another camp by train with a friend; being "kicked off the train" and spending two months in "a holding place" in Vienna; returning to Theresienstadt, where his mother taught him reading and arithmetic; receiving packages from his aunt in Vienna; liberation by Soviet troops in April 1945; walking to Prague with his mother; and traveling to Vienna. Mr. G. recalls attending high school in Vienna; always letting others know he was Jewish to avoid antisemitism; emigrating to the United States in 1950; marriage to a woman who converted to Judaism; and the importance of his ethnic, Jewish identity. He discusses long separations from his mother and her successfully insulating him from war memories.

Author/Creator
G., Jack, 1938-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1984
Interview Date
June 24, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jack G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-552). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.