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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.
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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