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Joseph G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2781) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2781

Videotape testimony of Joseph G., who was born in Thessalonikē, Greece in 1929. He recalls a comfortable childhood; studying music; ghettoization after German occupation; deportation in June 1943 to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from his sister and mother (he never saw them again); his music teacher arranging for him to work in the prisoner orchestra, a privileged position; his father's death despite efforts to help him; observing the Sonderkommando uprising; his sense of pride that Greek prisoners were involved; transfer to a camp in Germany; liberation in May 1945 by United States troops; returning to Thessalonikē; and reopening his father's business with an uncle. Mr. G. discusses feeling death was preferable to suffering when he was in concentration camps; pervasive painful memories, particularly the smell of burning flesh; and nightmares resulting from his experiences.

Author/Creator
G., Joseph, 1929-
Published
Thessalonikē, Greece : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
May 26, 1993.
Language
Ladino
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Joseph G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2781). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4288776
Record last modified: 2014-12-10 14:07:00
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