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Bernard G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3084) interviewed by Robert Krell

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3084

Videotape testimony of Bernard G., who was born in Zsheṭl, Poland (now Dyatlovo, Belarus) in 1915. He recalls attending yeshiva; being drafted into the Polish military at age eighteen; discharge two years later; a brother's emigration to Canada; military recall in March 1939; serving in Płock and Płońsk; German invasion; retreating to Warsaw, then Modlin; imprisonment in a stalag; separation of the Jewish POWs; forced labor in Biała Podlaska in 1940; transfer to Kónskowola, then in August 1941 to Budzyń; deciding not to join a camp resistance group; slave labor in Wieliczka in 1943; disinterring and burning corpses in Płaszów; nightmares; deportation to Gross-Rosen; transfer to Schindler's factory in Brněnec; sabotaging production with Schindler's complicity; and hanging a Nazi prior to Soviet liberation in May 1945. Mr. G. recounts learning his family had been killed; traveling to Lublin, then Prague; attempting to emigrate to Palestine from Germany with assistance from Haganah; living in Zeilsheim; communication from his brother in Canada; and emigration to Canada in May 1947. Mr. G. notes his marriages to Christians, one prior to the war (his wife and children survived) and one in Canada, with whom he had two children. He shows photographs and Zsheṭl's yizkor book.

Author/Creator
G., Bernard, 1915-
Published
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1989
Interview Date
December 7, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Bernard G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3084). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.