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Jacques G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2845) interviewed by Henri Borlant,

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    Videotape testimony of Jacques G., who was born in Lublin, Poland in 1923. He describes his parents' Bundist commitment; their emigration to Paris due to antisemitism; communist associations; German invasion; fleeing to Pyrénées-Orientales with his brother; returning to Paris after learning their mother was ill; escaping to Pau; arrest on September 8, 1941; imprisonment there, in Gurs, Bourbon-l'Archambault, then Montluçon; transfer to Drancy in September 1942; shock at seeing children, women, and old people incarcerated; deportation with three friends to Cosel, then Peiskretscham; slave labor; a kapo whom he held responsible for his friend's death; assistance from a German officer; antisemitic treatment by non-Jewish Polish prisoners; transfer to Blechhammer; help from an Austrian-Jewish prisoner; encountering an uncle; a futile attempt to help him during the death march to Gross-Rosen (he was killed); satisfaction over feelings of revenge after refusing to help the kapo; train transport to Buchenwald, then Wansleben; evacuation; futile escape attempts; liberation by United States troops; repatriation to Hotel Lutetia in Paris; reunion with his father (his mother and siblings did not survive); marriage in 1948; and his son's birth. Mr. G. discusses the importance to his survival of being with friends; sharing his experiences in schools; and his sense of Jewish identity.
    G., Jacques, 1923-
    Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1994
    Interview Date
    September 2, 1994.
    Lublin (Poland)
    Paris (France)
    Pyrénées-Orientales (France)
    Montluçon (France)
    Pau (France)
    Bourbon-l'Archambault (France)
    Cite As
    Jacques G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2845). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Borlant, Henri, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 53 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Mutual aid.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. Jews--Migrations. World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, French. Death marches. Escapes. Forced labor. Revenge. Concentration camp inmates--Family relationships. Concentration camps--Sociological aspects. Identification (Religion) Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. Poland. Lublin (Poland) Paris (France) Pyrénées-Orientales (France) Montluçon (France) Pau (France) Bourbon-l'Archambault (France) Oral histories (document genres) G., Jacques,--1923- Drancy (Concentration camp) Hotel Lutetia (Paris, France) Gurs (Concentration camp) Blechhammer E/3 (Concentration camp) Gross-Rosen (Concentration camp) Buchenwald (Concentration camp)

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