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Jack G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2862) interviewed by S. Hirshfeld and Raymond Kaplan,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2862

Videotape testimony of Jack G., who was born in Bełchatów, Poland in 1923, one of nine children. He recalls joining Betar; a good life until German invasion in 1939; severe rationing; smuggling food; volunteering for forced labor in place of his father; two years in labor camps; a public hanging of prisoners who "stole" food, including his uncle; train transfer to Auschwitz, then Myslowice (Fürstengrube); surviving by "stealing" food; train transport to Dora/Nordhausen; placement with other prisoners on boats on the Elbe River; bombardment by the British who thought they were escaping SS; being plucked from the waters by British troops; seeking surviving relatives; reunion with his sister, his only surviving sibling, in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; emigration to Canada; meeting his future wife while visiting the United States; and the births of three children. Mr. G. discusses learning much of his family were killed in Chełmno; a recent visit to Poland; and emotional difficulties hearing or seeing things related to his experiences.

Author/Creator
G., Jack, 1923-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1995
Interview Date
April 21, 1995.
Locale
Bełchatów (Poland)
Poland
Canada
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jack G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2862). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.