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Theodor G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3391) interviewed by Irene Diekmann and Eva Geffers

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3391

Videotape testimony of Theodor G., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1912. He recalls a loving, assimilated home; withdrawing from gymnasium due to antisemitism; attending high school; his father's death in 1936 from an SS beating; selling his business in January 1939 due to anti-Jewish laws; menial jobs through an official Jewish agency; a coal company owner befriending him; arrest in August 1939; incarceration in Sachsenhausen; assistance from a guard who sent messages to his wife; a beating resulting in permanent injuries; escaping with two friends having notified their wives to meet them; living illegally in Glindow for a year (their wives returned home to avoid suspicion); the company owner suggesting they move to Rheinsberg and work for him; learning their wives had been deported; obtaining false papers; returning to Berlin; briefly living with the company owner; returning to Rheinsberg fearing recognition; gathering weapons with other Jews to resist rather than be deported; meeting his future wife; working as a courier; building a bunker for the company owner in Berlin; and hiding there during Soviet liberation. Mr. G. tells of employment by the Soviets; marriage; reunion with his mother; visiting his brother in Australia; and the deaths of most of his family in the Holocaust.

Author/Creator
G., Theodor, 1912-
Published
Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
Interview Date
September 12, 1995.
Language
German
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Theodor G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3391).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/4291457
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:39:00
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