Josef G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4470) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Pam Goodman
- Bronx, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2014
- Interview Date
- November 11, 2014.
- 1 copy: Digital file master.
- Cite As
- Josef G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4470). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Josef G., who was born in Będzin, Poland in 1924, one of eight children. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; their relative affluence; attending seven years of public school, then one year of business school; attending cheder afternoons; his father's death; German invasion in September 1939; working to help support his family; being rounded-up with twenty other young people to Sosnowiec; deportation a week later to Ottmuth; slave labor building the autobahn; a German soldier giving him extra food; transfer a year later to Markstädt; arrival of two brothers; volunteering as a mechanic; a privileged position building stoves and chimneys for Krupp; smuggling food to his brothers, with assistance from a guard whom he bribed; transfer to Fünfteichen eighteen months later; his brothers' privileged position in the kitchen providing them with extra food; a death march in September 1944 to Gross-Rosen; transfer a week later in open railcars to Flossenbürg; slave labor constructing tunnels; a death march to Dachau; liberation a month later by United States troops; feeding his brother who had typhus; becoming sick; leaving the camp with his brothers; living with them in Munich; marriage; his son's birth; his brothers emigrating to the United States in 1951; and joining them with his family in 1952. Mr. G. attributes his survival to being with his brothers. He shows photographs.