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Leo G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-977) interviewed by Dana Kline and Lawrence L. Langer

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-977

A follow-up, directed videotape testimony of Leo G., whose first testimony was recorded in 1980. Mr. G. discusses attending survivor gatherings; pervasive memories; his futile attempt to find his brother's body after liberation; pain upon viewing photographs from his hometown at a kibbutz founded by Będzin survivors; regretting that he cannot remember the names of those he buried in camps in order to tell their relatives; his agony imagining his parents' and siblings' suffering; constantly seeing their faces; knowing other people can sympathize, but never understand; being left for dead after a beating en route to Bergen-Belsen; encounters with friends in Belsen who were shocked that he was alive; many factors, including luck, kapos, guards, extra food, and work assignments, which helped him survive but he still cannot explain his survival; fury upon learning a Dora/Nordhausen guard was in the United States; keeping busy to escape seeing the faces of the dead; being too weak to take revenge after liberation; living in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; the inability of anyone to convey the personal suffering inflicted during the Holocaust or of listeners to really comprehend; reluctance to share his experiences with his children; incidents which he cannot share with anyone; and concerns for his family.

Author/Creator
G., Leo, 1923-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
March 11, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
5 copies: 2 3/4 in. masters; 2 3/4 in. dubs; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Leo G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-977). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4282783
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