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Henri G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3215) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Rachel Wieviorka,

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    Videotape testimony of Henri G., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1928. He recounts that his parents were Polish immigrants; uniformed Nazis beating his father in front of him in 1933; his father's deportation to Poland; destruction of their store and home on Kristallnacht; joining his father in Katowice; living with relatives in Przemyśl; Soviet occupation; German invasion; ghettoization; his parents efforts to protect him; having to bury murdered Jews after a mass killing; an attack by the dog of the ghetto Kommandant, Joseph Schwamberger; working for Schwamberger; deportation with his parents to Szebnie in 1943; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from his mother (he never saw her again); slave labor with his father for Siemens; his father's hospitalization (he never saw him again); hospitalization; assistance from a prisoner doctor; assignment to the Canada Kommando, then a factory; a death march from Monowitz to Gleiwitz, then train transport to Buchenwald; assignment to search rubble in Weimar for civilians killed in Allied bombings; transfer to Spaichingen; escaping from a death march; assistance hiding from local Germans; liberation by French troops; staying in Bregenz and a displaced persons camp; joining relatives in Nice via Lyon; attending school in Chambon-sur-Lignon; moving to Israel, then Paris; marriage; and the births of three children. Mr. G. discusses having seen the best and worst of human beings; regret that he felt his parents had deserted him; unhappiness and suicidal wishes after the war and to the present time, despite his loving wife and children; his sense he “died there” and is a zombie; his son's difficulty understanding his feelings; and sadness that his grandson is not Jewish, thus ending his beloved grandfather's heritage.
    G., Henri, 1928-
    Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
    Interview Date
    February 9, 1995.
    Berlin (Germany)
    Przemyśl (Poland)
    Katowice (Poland)
    Bregenz (Austria)
    Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
    Lyon (France)
    Nice (France)
    Le Chambon-sur-Lignon (France)
    Paris (France)
    Cite As
    Henri G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3215). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Zarka, Josette, interviewer.
    Wieviorka, Rachel, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 48 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Soviet occupation.
    Mass killings.
    Mutual aid.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Jewish children in the Holocaust. Kristallnacht, 1938. Jewish ghettos. Jews--Poland--Przemyśl. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. Forced labor. Fathers and sons. Mothers and sons. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. Death marches. Escapes. Refugee camps. Germany. Berlin (Germany) Przemyśl (Poland) Katowice (Poland) Bregenz (Austria) Weimar (Thuringia, Germany) Lyon (France) Nice (France) Le Chambon-sur-Lignon (France) Israel. Paris (France) Oral histories (document genres) G., Henri,--1928- Schwammberger, Joseph. Szebnie (Concentration camp) Auschwitz (Concentration camp) Birkenau (Concentration camp) Buchenwald (Concentration camp) Siemens Aktiengesellschaft. Monowitz (Concentration camp) Spaichingen (Concentration camp)

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