Henry G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2384) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- February 15, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Henry G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2384). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.