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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2384

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.

Author/Creator
G., Henry, 1928-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
February 15, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296765
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