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Henry G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-711) interviewed by Mark Jacobs and Bobbie Berger

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-711

Videotape testimony of Henry G., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1925. He recalls pervasive antisemitic violence; his father's futile attempt for the family to emigrate to Palestine in 1936; German invasion in 1939; forced labor with his cousin; ghettoization; organizing clubs; working in his father's stead in food delivery; public hangings; being married by Ḥayim Rumkowski in May 1943; his child's birth, and death a few days later in 1944; deportation with his remaining family to Auschwitz/Birkenau; deportation a few weeks later to Dachau, then Landsberg; slave labor in an airplane factory; escaping; returning when they found no food; his friend assisting him to reenter; escaping a death march near Bad Tölz in April 1945; the mayor hiding and feeding him and his friend; assisting the mayor after liberation; living in Feldafing displaced persons camp; killing a few SS with other former prisoners; reunion with his wife; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mr. G. notes frequent nightmares; the loss of his childhood; and believing others cannot understand survivor experiences. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
G., Henry, 1925-
Published
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1986
Interview Date
January 18, 1986.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henry G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-711). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.