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Bruno G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1764) interviewed by Ilana Abramovitch

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1764

Videotape testimony of Bruno G., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1925. He recalls an assimilated life in the Friedrichshain district; antisemitic harassment after January 1933; feeling secure because his father was a decorated war veteran; his parents' divorce; living with his mother; expulsion from school in 1935; attending a Jewish school; Kristallnacht; his brother's emigration to England in April 1939; outbreak of war; apprenticeship as a blacksmith; forced labor for Siemens-Schuckertwerke; sabotaging his work; his grandfather's deportation to Theresienstadt; his mother's and aunt's deportation in October 1942 (he never saw them again); hiding in several places with other Jews, including his future wife, with assistance from non-Jews beginning in January 1943; posing as a Czech worker using a forged passport; stealing food and ration cards; Allied bombings; liberation by Soviet troops; marriage; reunion with his brother (a British soldier) and his father (an Auschwitz survivor); living in a displaced persons camp near Bremerhaven; emigration to the United States in May 1946; assistance from the Joint; and the births of two sons. He discusses having his rescuers recognized by Yad Vashem and the importance of luck to his survival. He shows photographs and memorabilia.

Author/Creator
G., Bruno, 1925-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
January 24, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Bruno G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1764). 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/4317828
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:42:00
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