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Menachem G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3477) interviewed by Nathan Beyrak

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3477

Videotape testimony of Menachem G., who was born in Kzepice, Poland in 1914, one of five children. He recounts attending Jewish school in Częstochowa; working as a driver in his family's bus company; participating in Betar; antisemitic violence; military draft in 1937; German invasion in 1939; capture as a prisoner of war; incarceration in Żarki; transfer to Germany; separation of Jews from Poles; forced labor building a lake; receiving extra food for repairing vehicles; transfer to Lublin; the Jewish community obtaining the release of Jewish prisoners; returning home; incarceration in Gross Sarne for eight months; slave labor with Soviet POWs building roads; hospitalization in Sosnowiec when he was injured; returning to Kzepice; hiding his mother during a round-up; securing the release of his father and nephew; moving with his family to Sosnowiec; joining the Jewish resistance; serving in the Jewish police; ghettoization; his family's round-up and release; his parents' deaths; obtaining false papers; hiding in a bunker when the ghetto was liquidated in August 1943; escaping with others; hiding briefly with a non-Jewish friend; traveling to Katowice, then Opole; posing as a non-Jew and working as an auto mechanic; visiting Jews in Zdzieszowice; joining Armia Ludowa the Polish, the Polish underground; joining his future wife in Katowice in February, 1945; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Częstochowa, then Sosnowiec; learning a niece was the only other family survivor; working for a year in Warsaw, then in Katowice, still living as a non-Jew; and emigration to Israel in 1948. He shows documents.

Author/Creator
G., Menachem, 1914-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
September 17, 1992.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Menachem G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3477). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.