Leon G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2119) interviewed by Alberta Strage
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
- Interview Date
- September 16, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Leon G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2119). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Leon G., who was born in London, England in 1910, the youngest of six children. He recounts moving to Rotterdam in 1911; his mother's death in 1912; his father's marriage to an American non-Jew; working from age twelve; moving to London in 1930; working as a hairdresser; joining his future father-in-law in business; marriage in 1935; moving in with his wife's grandmother in Holland; German invasion in May 1940; his son's birth; trying to obtain exit documents; their deportation to Westerbork in October 1942; efforts to be released as British citizens; his father's arrival; his release due to his marriage to a non-Jew; deportation to Birkenau in January 1943; separation from his family; meaningless slave labor; observing the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); its disappearance; transfer to Auschwitz; Hungarian Jews fasting on Yom Kippur; hospitalization; assistance from a non-Jewish Pole; public hangings; transfer to Monowitz; salvaging cigarette butts from British POWs; a death march to Gleiwitz in January 1945; train transport to Buchenwald; guards shooting at Czechs throwing them food; hospitalization; liberation by United States troops; retrieving ashes from the crematorium; transfer to Paris; amputation of a toe; reunion with his father in Rotterdam; reunion with his brother in London; and his family's initial inability to believe his experiences. Mr. G. discusses attributing his survival to his desire to see his wife and son again; confirming their deaths; speaking in schools about his experiences; and leading Dutch student groups to Auschwitz/Birkenau. He shows photographs, documents and memorabilia.