Jack G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2862) interviewed by S. Hirshfeld and Raymond Kaplan
- Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1995
- Interview Date
- April 21, 1995.
- 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.
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.