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Peter G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-760)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-760

Videotape of Peter G., who was born in Baden-Baden, Germany in 1918. He recalls a comfortable childhood; attending public school in Baden-Baden and religious school in Karlsruhe; attempts to expel him from school due to the Nuremberg laws; the principal's insistence that he finish school; his family's emigration in 1938; an eight month internship in Switzerland; returning to Germany; joining a brother in Warsaw; working in Zakopane; returning to Warsaw; German invasion; fleeing to the Soviet zone; his arrest while trying to illegally enter Hungary; imprisonment in Odesa; being sentenced to five years hard labor; forced labor near Arkhangel'sk and Frunz (presently Bishkek); medical assistance from a woman doctor which saved his life; a brief stay in Kuibyshev (now Samara); working in Tashkent for a year and a half until 1945; receiving a letter from his siblings; returning to Baden-Baden; attending medical school in Frieburg through the intervention of his former principal; and emigration to the United States in 1951. Dr. G. notes that he did not learn of the large dimensions of the Holocaust until he came to the United States and that he regards the war years as his personal past and tragedy, not of interest to others.

Author/Creator
G., Peter, 1918-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1986
Interview Date
June 29, 1986.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time
Cite As
Peter G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-760). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.