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Josef G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4470) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Pam Goodman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4470

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.

Author/Creator
G., Josef, 1924-
Published
Bronx, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2014
Interview Date
November 11, 2014.
Language
English
Copies
1 copy: Digital file master.
Cite As
Josef G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4470). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.