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Jack G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-524) interviewed by Sylvia Abrams

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-524

Videotape testimony of Jack G., who was born in approximately 1925, one of eight children. He recounts living in Tarnowo, Poland; his family's orthodoxy; attending school in Ostrołęka; his father's death when he was nine; transferring to school in Łomża; antisemitic harassment; one brother's military draft (he never saw him again); Soviet occupation; working as a carpenter; German invasion; forced relocation with his family in 1942 to the Łomża, then Zambrów ghettos; his brother's escape (he did not survive); deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in January 1943; separation from his mother and sisters (none survived); volunteering as a carpenter; receiving food for additional work; transfer to a privileged position in the SS hospital; trading with Polish civilian workers for extra food; sharing it with relatives and friends; bribing a guard to prevent his cousin's transfer; smuggling medicine to friends; a death march and train transport to Mauthausen in January 1945; Czechs throwing food to them en route; transfer to Ebensee; slave labor digging tunnels; liberation by United States troops; living in Schörfling, Bad Gastein and Landsberg displaced persons camps, Salzburg, and a Deror kibbutz; emigration to the United States with assistance from UNRRA in 1949; marriage in 1954; and the births of two children. Mr. G. notes that although he shared the benefits of his privileged position in camp, it was essential to take care of oneself before others in order to survive; physical problems due to his experiences; and sharing his experiences with his daughter.

Author/Creator
G., Jack, 1925?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1985
Interview Date
January 11, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jack G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-524). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.