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Art G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-382) interviewed by Denise Cohen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-382

Videotape testimony of Art G., who was born in approximately 1929, in Kłobuck, Poland. He recounts his family's orthodoxy; antisemitic harassment; German invasion; fleeing east with his siblings; being overtaken by the Germans in Radomsko; returning home; his father hiding from a round-up with a non-Jewish friend; his deportation (he did not survive); ghettoization in 1941; his bar mitzvah; he, two sisters, and his mother smuggling themselves to the Częstochowa ghetto; his oldest sister bringing him and his sisters to Kłobuck concentration camp (his mother remained and did not survive); slave labor building roads; transfer to Blechhammer; separation from his sisters; being hidden with other children during a selection; public hangings; a privileged position as a messenger; sharing extra food with others; a death march to Gross-Rosen in January 1945; Allied bombing of their train en route to Buchenwald (many prisoners were killed); friends hiding him during an illness; placement in a children's barrack; liberation by United States troops in April; traveling with a friend to Altenburg; fleeing the Soviet zone; reunion with his sisters; living with his youngest sister in an UNRRA children's camp; emigration with her to the United States; living with his great aunt; and arranging for his other sisters to join them. Mr. G. discusses focusing on his own survival in camp and sharing his experiences with his son.

Author/Creator
G., Art, 1929?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
December 5, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Art G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-382). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.