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Shmuel G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3650)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3650

Videotape testimony of Shmuel G., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1923. He recounts attending a Jewish German language school; participating in the Bar Kochba swim club; his sister's emigration to England in 1939; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; studying plumbing; his father's death in 1940; slave labor for the Hlinka guard; release after four months; deportation to Sered; his mother hiding with non-Jews; bringing her to Sered with assistance from Alexander Pressburger, the head Jew of the camp; moving her out to a Czech family; his privileged position due to his plumbing skills; prisoners organizing sports and cultural events; joining a group that produced false paper and obtained weapons; assignment as a plumber outside the camp; escaping in 1943; traveling to Rimavská Sobota, Rimavská Sec, then Budapest; assistance from relatives; reconnecting with Hashomer Hatzair; German invasion; traveling with two friends to Košice, then Prešov, using false papers; working as a plumber; meeting with his friends to maintain his Jewish identity; fleeing to Nitra fearing exposure; attending an underground meeting in Piešt̕any; joining a partisan group; an ambush in Oslany; traveling to Bučovice; battles with Germans in the Slovak Uprising; obtaining permits to travel to Zvolen, then Bratislava; working in a factory as a non-Jew; visiting his mother; working for the underground; arrest; interrogation by the Gestapo; deportation to Sered; volunteering for bomb removal in Bratislava; a failed attempt to organize an escape; return to Sered; volunteering as a welder for Alois Brunner, camp Kommandant; escaping with two others from a train transport; assistance from Czechs; hiding in Trenčín; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home; learning his mother was killed in Ravensbrück; leading a Zionist youth group; traveling to Belgium; and emigration to Palestine via Cyprus in 1947. He shows false papers he had used.

G., Shmuel, 1923-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
February 15, 1995.
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Rimavská Sobota (Slovakia)
Rimavská Sec (Slovakia)
Oslany (Slovakia)
Budapest (Hungary)
Nitra (Slovakia)
Košice (Slovakia)
Prešov (Slovakia)
Bučovice (Jihomoravský kraj, Czech Republic)
Piešt̕any (Slovakia)
Zvolen (Slovakia)
Trenčín (Slovakia)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Shmuel G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3650). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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