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Nathan G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3450) interviewed by Henri Borlant and Josette Zarka,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3450

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Nathan G., who was born in Paris, France in 1925, one of three children. He recalls a happy childhood; leaving school at thirteen to work with his father as a cobbler; German invasion; his father's arrest in 1941; seeing him in a window at Drancy; leaving his family for the unoccupied zone in 1942; living in Limoges, Toulouse, and Lyon; learning his mother and younger sister were deported (he never saw them again); arrest while returning to Paris in November; imprisonment in Autun and another location; kindness from a priest; transfer to Drancy in December; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in February 1943; slave labor; rapid deterioration; learning his father had been killed there; his improved condition after a privileged assignment to the laundry in April; helping friends; transfer to Warsaw in August 1943; clearing ghetto rubble; a beating by an SS guard; assistance from a friend; hospitalization for typhus; recovering with assistance from friends, including Serge L.; trading recovered valuables to Poles for food; a death march to Kutno, then train transport to Dachau in August 1944; transfer to Mühldorf, then Waldlager; as a French prisoner, receiving Red Cross packages; escape from a transport in May 1945; liberation by United States troops; living in Feldafing displaced persons camp; returning with friends to Paris; repatriation at the Hotel Lutetia; reunion with his older sister; recuperating in Aix-les-Bains; and continuing contact with camp friends, many of whom he names. Mr. G. discusses rage and humiliation at his initial arrest; disbelief upon first seeing piles of corpses; and the importance of luck and assistance from others to his survival.
    Author/Creator
    G., Nathan, 1925-
    Published
    Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1996
    Interview Date
    February 2, 1996.
    Locale
    France
    Paris (France)
    Limoges (France)
    Lyon (France)
    Toulouse (France)
    Autun (France)
    Kutno (Poland)
    Munich (Germany)
    Aix-les-Bains (France)
    Cite As
    Nathan G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3450). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Zarka, Josette, interviewer.
    Borlant, Henri, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in French.
    Related material: Serge L. Holocaust testimony [friend](HVT-2824), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    Language
    French
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 24 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Postwar experiences.
    Subjects
    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. World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, German. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. Concentration camps--Sociological aspects. Forced labor. Escapes. Death marches. Refugee camps. France. Paris (France) Limoges (France) Lyon (France) Toulouse (France) Autun (France) Kutno (Poland) Munich (Germany) Aix-les-Bains (France) Oral histories (document genres) G., Nathan,--1925- Drancy (Concentration camp) Auschwitz (Concentration camp) Birkenau (Concentration camp) Konzentrationslager Warschau. Dachau (Concentration camp) Mühldorf (Concentration camp) Waldlager V (Concentration camp) Feldafing (Displaced persons camp) International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Hotel Lutetia (Paris, France)

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4291735
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:58:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt4291735

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