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Gustave J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1594) interviewed by Ilana Abramovitch and Rayzl, Kalifowicz-Waletsky,

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    Videotape testimony of Gustave J., who was born in Cologne, Germany in 1923, the oldest of five sons. He recounts his father was a rabbi; attending a Jewish school; his father leaving for France in spring 1933 due to antisemtism; being sent to live with relatives in Prague; joining his family in Strasbourg in September; leaving for Vichy when war began in 1939; his father's three month internment as an enemy alien; German invasion in May 1940; internment in Montluçon; release; traveling to Limoges; joining his family in La Chartre; deportation orders in November; escaping to Montélimar; learning they would be deported in August 1942; hiding with non-Jews; traveling to Marseille; obtaining false papers from the underground; meeting his parents and two brothers in Lyon (the two youngest were safe elsewhere); finding a family in Annemasse to smuggle them to Switzerland; arriving in Geneva; living in refugee camps; attending school in Zurich; visiting his parents in Lugano; arrival of his two younger brothers; emigrating from Paris to the United States in 1946; and bringing his family to the U.S. later that year. Mr. J. discusses the importance of his mother's optimism to their survival and many Jews and non-Jews who helped them.
    J., Gustave, 1923-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
    Interview Date
    September 5 and October 30, 1990.
    Paris (France)
    Lugano (Switzerland)
    Zurich (Switzerland)
    Geneva (Switzerland)
    Lyon (France)
    Annemasse (France)
    Marseille (France)
    Montélimar (France)
    La Chartre-sur-le-Loir (France)
    Limoges (France)
    Vichy (France)
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Strasbourg (France)
    Cologne (Germany)
    Cite As
    Gustave J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1594). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kalifowicz-Waletsky, Rayzl, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    2 videorecordings (1 hr., 59 min. and 1 hr., 46 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar experiences.
    False papers.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Noncitizens Evacuation and relocation.
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.

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