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Yan G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2383) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2383

Videotape testimony of Yan G., who was born in Bielsko-Biała, Poland in 1927, one of three children. He recalls living with his parents and grandparents; attending a Jewish school; antisemitic harassment; speaking German at home; German invasion; traveling with his family toward the Soviet Union; staying in Lublin; walking west after German arrival; living in a small village with another Jewish family until 1941 (his grandparents were no longer with them); accompanying his father to market in Kazimierza Wielka; orders to report to Skalbmierz; escaping with his brothers to Kazimierza; returning to Skalbierz after a few weeks; deportation by himself to Płaszów; crying himself to sleep; slave labor on railroads; prisoner doctors recruiting him to work in the hospital; public hangings of escapees; transfer to Skarżysko in 1943; slave labor in a munitions factory; transfer to dig anti-tank ditches, then to Buchenwald, Schlieben, and Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops; transfer to Windermere, England; and marriage after he was forty. Mr. G. discusses prisoner organization in Buchenwald; hiding with Ben H. to get warm in Schlieben; a recent visit to Poland with his children; emotional distress at the town hall where his family's names were registered (none survived); and avoiding sharing his experiences.

Author/Creator
G., Yan, 1927-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
January 15, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jan G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2383). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296764
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