Gerhard C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-998)
- Columbus, Ohio : Children of Holocaust Survivors, Columbus Chapter, 1987
- Interview Date
- July 26, 1987.
- 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.
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.