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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.
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.