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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2845

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.

Author/Creator
G., Jacques, 1923-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1994
Interview Date
September 2, 1994.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jacques G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2845). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.