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George G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2053) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2053

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of George G., who was born in Będzin, Poland in 1924. He recalls his close, extended family; celebrating Jewish holidays; speaking Polish at home; participating in a Zionist youth group; attending gymnasium; German invasion; traveling with his father to Warsaw; returning to Będzin alone (he never saw his father again); joining Betar; his sister's marriage; Rosh ha-Shanah services in an orphanage (the synagogue had been burned); deportation to a labor camp in Germany in 1941 (he never saw his mother or sister again); transfer to Gross Masselwitz in December, to Klettendorf in November 1942, then to Langenbielau; slave labor in all the camps; transfer to (Sportschule) Reichenbach in December 1944; digging anti-tank trenches; abandonment by the SS; living in Bialawa (Langenbielau); returning to Będzin (it was a cemetery to him); learning no family had survived; a brief stay in Katowice; marriage in Bielawa; moving to a displaced persons camp in Salzburg, then to Tirschenreuth and Stuttgart; emigrating to the United States in 1950 with assistance from the Joint and HIAS; and his successful business career. Mr. G. discusses the role of Jewish and non-Jewish supervisors in the camps and his wish that his parents could have seen his success.
    Author/Creator
    G., George, 1924-
    Published
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
    Interview Date
    June 10, 1992.
    Locale
    Będzin (Poland)
    Poland
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Katowice (Poland)
    Bielawa (Wałbrzych, Poland)
    Tirschenreuth (Germany)
    Stuttgart (Germany)
    Cite As
    George G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2053). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Blinderman, Joni-Sue, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 36 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Zionist organizations.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4286095
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:28:00
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