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Martin G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1851) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1851

Videotape testimony of Martin G., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1926. He recounts his maternal grandparents' anti-Nazi activities; joining them when they moved to Holland, Switzerland, and Czechoslovakia; returning to Berlin; his father's death; joining his grandparents in Milan, with his mother and brother, in December 1939; his mother's remarriage; his mother's and stepfather's emigration; joining an uncle in Brussels; internment with his grandparents and brother in Marneffe as illegal immigrants; his bar mitzvah; German invasion; returning to Brussels; he and his brother deciding not to wear the yellow star; obtaining false papers; receiving notice to report for forced labor; contacting the underground to go into hiding; living near Waterloo with his family; his grandparents' arrest (he never saw them again); being hidden with his brother in a Catholic school; living with his uncle's friend during summer 1943; his uncle's arrest and execution; living in a Boy Scout camp in Momignies; staying with his uncle's friend (his brother lived in an orphanage); liberation in 1944; reunion with his brother; working for the United States military and the Joint; and joining his mother and stepfather in the United States in 1946. Mr. G. discusses difficult relations with his mother and stepfather.

G., Martin 1926-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
May 27, 1991.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Martin G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1851). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.