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Ben G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1757) interviewed by Jaschael Pery

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1757

Videotape testimony of Ben G., who was born in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland in 1925. He recalls the vibrant Jewish community; membership in Hashomer Hatzair; antisemitic violence; the 1939 influx of German Jewish refugees; German invasion in September; fleeing east; returning home; ghettoization; anti-Jewish measures; attending a clandestine school; forced labor; deportations; exemption from deportation due to his job; his father's deportation; separation from his mother and siblings when the ghetto was liquidated; deportation to Częstochowa, then Buchenwald; transfer to Dora in January 1945; an assignment burning corpses; public hangings; transfer to Nordhausen in March; and escaping after an Allied bombing. Mr. G. describes liberation by United States troops; remaining in a displaced persons camp; learning three of his sisters had survived; their reunion; learning his mother had perished in Auschwitz; returning with his sisters to Piotrków; antisemitic violence; the four of them fleeing to Łódź; joining a kibbutz; illegally traveling to Bratislava; abuse by Polish border guards at Nacpolsk; assisting others to illegally leave Poland; emigration to Israel in 1950; marriage; and emigration to the United States. Mr. G. discusses publishing a bulletin and editing a book about Piotrków. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
G., Ben, 1925-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
January 3, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ben G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1757). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4317803
Record last modified: 2014-02-20 10:56:00
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