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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2383

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    Summary
    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.
    Locale
    Bielsko-Biała (Poland)
    Poland
    Lublin (Poland)
    Kazimierza Wielka (Poland)
    Skalbmierz (Poland)
    Windermere (England)
    Cite As
    Jan G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2383). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Perry, Elliot, interviewer.
    Notes
    Related material: Ben H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2121) [friend], Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 58 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296764
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:28:00
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