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Jacques G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3134) interviewed by Colette Zumstein and Hélène Trigano

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3134

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."

Author/Creator
G., Jacques, 1920-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
Interview Date
September 28, 1995.
Language
French
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4290701
Record last modified: 2012-08-23 15:16:00
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