George S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2426) interviewed by Alberta Strage
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
- Interview Date
- March 25, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- George S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2426). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of George S., who was born in Vilna, Poland (presently Vilnius, Lithuania) in 1925. He recounts moving frequently due to his father's career in the Polish military; living in Kielce, then Warsaw; participating in Maccabi; attending public school; German invasion in 1939; no contact with his father; he and his mother remaining outside the ghetto, posing as non-Jews; his mother placing him in a boarding school for children of Polish military; observing her hiding Jews when he visited; imprisonment in Pawiak in 1943; refusing to divulge where his mother was (she had been betrayed by blackmailers and did not survive); deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; transfer a few months later to Mauthausen; slave labor in the quarry; remaining in the barrack when he gave up hope; being forced to return to work by others since he was endangering them; receiving a Red Cross package in spring 1944 after writing a form letter to his father; sharing the package with his supervisor, resulting in reassignment to easier factory work; encountering prisoners from other countries; liberation by United States troops in May 1945; others taking revenge on guards and kapos; hospitalization in Zurich; reunion with his father in Como, Italy; and their emigration to England.