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Mark G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2372) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2372

Videotape testimony of Mark G., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1930, the youngest of three children. He recounts his family moving to Rabka in 1933; German invasion; military draft of his father and brother; witnessing the execution of a classmate; his sister's privileged position as a maid for a brutal German officer; the officer's wife warning her to flee; escaping with his mother, sister, and a friend to the forest; a Polish woman helping them; smuggling themselves into the Kraków ghetto; leaving to join an uncle in Słomniki; returning to the Kraków ghetto with his sister and a young cousin (his mother was to join them but they never saw her again); hiding his cousin during a round-up; his sister's escape using false papers; his cousin's deportation from a children's home; transfer to Płaszów; slave labor for Siemens; escaping a death selection by Amon Goeth; transfer to Skarżysko-Kamienna; slave labor at a HASAG munitions factory; assignment to Werke C; sabotaging munitions; his privileged position working with a horse, to which he attributes his survival; a Russian in the German army clandestinely providing him with extra food; transfer to Schlieben a year later, then to Buchenwald; liberation by United States troops; deciding not to kill Germans in Weimar despite his desire for revenge; transfer to Paris by the Red Cross; living in an OSE children's home; learning through the Red Cross that his father and sister had survived; emigration to join relatives in England in 1946; reunion with his father; learning his brother had been killed; his twin children's reluctance to hear about his experiences; and visiting his sister in Israel. Mr. G. provides many details of camp life.

Author/Creator
G., Mark, 1930-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
January 4, 1991.
Locale
Poland
Kraków
Kraków (Poland)
Rabka (Województwo Małopolskie, Poland)
Słomniki (Poland)
Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
Paris (France)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Mark G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2372). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.