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Gerhard C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-998)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-998

Videotape testimony of Gerhard C., who was born in Fraustadt, Germany (presently Wschowa, Poland) in 1920, an only child. He recalls attending gymnasium; expulsion due to antisemitic restrictions; antisemitic violence; his father's imprisonment and transfer to Berlin; moving there with his mother; his father's release; attending school; working for a sign company; his father's reluctance to emigrate thinking his status as a decorated war veteran offered protection; deportation with his parents to the Łódź ghetto in 1941; transfer three days later to Poznan (he never saw his parents again); becoming ill; his friends trading his jacket for medication from civilian workers; public hangings; transfer to Auschwitz, then Myslowice (Fürstengrube); privileged status as a sign painter; transfer to Dachau, then Dora; receiving extra food from an SS man; transfer to Nordhausen, then Bergen-Belsen; liberation by British troops; traveling to Hannover; living in Celle; marriage in 1947; his daughter's birth; locating relatives in Switzerland through the Red Cross; visiting them; and emigration to the United States via Bremerhaven in 1949 with assistance from UNRRA.

C., Gerhard, 1920-
Columbus, Ohio : Children of Holocaust Survivors, Columbus Chapter, 1987
Interview Date
July 26, 1987.
Wschowa (Poland)
Berlin (Germany)
Hannover (Germany)
Celle (Germany)
Bremerhaven (Germany)
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Gerhard C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-998). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.