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Henry G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2384) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry,

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    Videotape testimony of Henry G., who was born in Strzemieszyce Wielkie in 1928, one of four children. He recounts his family's poverty (he was always hungry); their orthodoxy; attending cheder and public school; antisemitic harassment; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; ghettoization; his oldest brother's marriage; his father's job with the Judenrat; his father's deportation (he never saw him again); a round-up; separation from his mother; deportation with two brothers and other relatives to Blechhammer; his relatives obtaining extra food for him; British POWs sharing Red Cross packages; a privileged position working for a German who gave him extra food; theatrical and musical performances by the prisoners; public hangings; a death march to Gross-Rosen; train transport to Buchenwald; clandestinely joining a group of more privileged Dutch prisoners; sharing extra food with his brother; his older brother's transfer to the camp hospital (they never saw him again); his other brother joining him; becoming very ill; being nursed by a Dutch prisoner; train transport with his brother to Theresienstadt; his brother's escape en route; liberation by Soviet troops; hospitalization; transfer to Prague; returning to Poland seeking relatives; reunion with his sister and brother; returning to Prague; emigration to England with assistance from a Quaker organization; living in a children's home in Windermere, then in Scotland; marriage; and his son's birth. Mr. G. discusses the prisoner hierarchy in camps; health problems resulting from his experiences; and surgical removal of his tattooed camp number in 1965.
    G., Henry, 1928-
    London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
    Interview Date
    February 15, 1991.
    Strzemieszyce Wielkie
    Strzemieszyce Wielkie (Poland)
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Windermere (England)
    Cite As
    Henry G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2384). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Perry, Elliot, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (3 hr., 30 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Mutual aid.
    Marriage in Jewish ghettos.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Jewish children in the Holocaust. Jewish councils. Jewish ghettos. Jews--Poland--Strzemieszyce Wielkie. Forced labor. Brothers. Concentration camp inmates--Family relationships. Prisoners of war--Poland. Prisoners of war--England. Concentration camps--Sociological aspects. Concentration camps--Songs and music. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. Death marches. Orphanages--England. Quakers. Poland. Strzemieszyce Wielkie (Poland) Prague (Czech Republic) Windermere (England) Scotland. Oral histories (document genres) G., Henry,--1928- Blechhammer E/3 (Concentration camp) Buchenwald (Concentration camp) Gross-Rosen (Concentration camp) Theresienstadt (Concentration camp)

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