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Jakub G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3166) interviewed by Anka Grupińska

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3166

Videotape testimony of Jakub G., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1929. He describes his assimilated family; German invasion in 1939; his father fleeing east (he never saw him again); ghettoization; crowding and starvation; working as an errand boy for the Judenrat; hiding with his mother and brother in an attic overlooking the Umschlagplatz during round-ups; moving when they were seen; hiding in a bunker during the ghetto uprising; deportation to Majdenek after they were discovered; separation from his mother and brother during selection (he never saw them again); hiding to avoid useless slave labor moving stones; contemplating suicide; changing his mind when an aunt's tenant gave him extra food; fatal beatings of failed escapees; volunteering for transfer; slave labor in a munitions factory in Skarżysko-Kamienna; a non-Jewish woman prisoner giving him extra food; his Hasidic bunkmate praying and observing Passover; hospitalization for typhus; a prisoner-dentist hiding him during selection; escaping from a group selected for death; transfer to Buchenwald, Schlieben, then Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops; observing prisoners killing local Germans; traveling to Liberec, Prague, Warsaw, then Łódź; assignment to an orphanage in Helenówek; briefly visiting relatives in Belgium; studying in Moscow; and his academic career. Mr. G. discusses reluctance to share his experiences, even with his wife; the importance of Polish culture to his identity; continuing contact with the dentist who saved him and staff from the orphanage; and recently participating in survivor organizations.

Author/Creator
G., Jakub, 1929-
Published
Warsaw, Poland : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
July 12, 1994.
Locale
Poland
Warsaw
Warsaw (Poland)
Liberec (Czech Republic)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Łódź (Poland)
Helenówek (Łódź, Poland)
Belgium
Moscow (Russia)
Language
Polish
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jakub G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3166). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4290891
Record last modified: 2018-05-29 11:47:00
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