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Meir G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3832)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3832

Videotape testimony of Meir G., who was born in Kaunus, Lithuania in 1929, an only child. He recounts attending a secular Jewish school; Soviet occupation; German invasion; his father's arrest by Lithuanians (they released him because he was a Lithuanian army veteran); ghettoization; attending a vocational school; deportation to Stutthof, then Landsberg in July 1944; separation from his father; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau; slave labor; a friend arranging to have his number removed from a selection list; a death march and train transfer to Mauthausen; observing cannibalism; a death march to Gunskirchen; abandonment by German guards; walking to Wels; liberation by United States troops; taking food from German homes; transfer to a displaced persons camp; assistance from the Joint and a Jewish-American soldier; traveling to Budapest, then Transylvania; living in a Soviet displaced persons camp; traveling to Orsha, then Vilna; reunion with his father; learning his mother was alive in the Soviet Union; her arrival in 1946; draft into the Soviet military in 1950; serving near Moscow; discharge in 1954; marriage to a survivor; the birth of twins; and emigration to Poland, then Israel in 1957, with his parents, wife, and children. Mr. G. notes the importance of his group of friends to his survival; their annual meetings to the present day; relations between ethnic groups in the camps; publication in South Africa of his experiences as part of a larger book; and sharing very little of his experiences with his children, not wanting to burden them. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
G., Meir, 1929-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
July 18, 1996.
Locale
Lithuania
Kaunas
Soviet Union
Kaunas (Lithuania)
Wels (Austria)
Budapest (Hungary)
Transylvania (Romania)
Orsha (Belarus)
Vilnius (Lithuania)
Moscow (Russia)
Szczecin (Poland)
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Meir G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3832). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.