Jacques G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3134) interviewed by Colette Zumstein and Hélène Trigano
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
- Interview Date
- September 28, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jacques G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3134). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jacques G., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1920. He recalls his family's move to Paris when he was six months old; their poverty; apprenticeship at age eleven; marriage; military conscription in 1939; his daughter's birth in 1940; serving in Bordeaux; returning to Paris after the German invasion; anti-Jewish measures; traveling to Lyon, in the unoccupied zone, in 1941; bringing his wife and daughter there; compulsory work (Service du travail Obligatoire); arrest in 1943; release; obtaining false papers; joining the Maquis in Grenoble; various Resistance activities; arrest in Paris, with his wife, in January 1944; concealing their Jewish identity; incarceration in Fresnes; transfer to Drancy; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from his wife; forced labor in Buna/Monowitz; a death march in January 1945 to Gleiwitz; train transfer to Buchenwald; transfer to Weimar; a death march to Flossenbürg; liberation from another death march by United States troops; recuperation in Cham; returning to Paris; and reunion with his wife and parents, then his daughter, who was hidden in Lyon. Mr. G. discusses wanting to survive for his daughter; relations between prisoner groups; details of camp life; his French decorations; and anger at hearing Jews "went like lambs."