Leon G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4044) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Frederic Fichefet
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1995
- Interview Date
- March 25 and April 1,1996.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Leon G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4044). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Leon G., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1925, one of five children. He recounts harassment by Hitler Youth; expulsion from school at age eleven due to anti-Jewish laws; attending a Jewish school until age thirteen; learning masonry; deportation of Polish Jews; working in a Krupp factory; deportation of his older brother and two uncles; round-up en route to work in March 1943; deportation to Auschwitz; transfer to Monowitz; seeing his younger brother once; hospitalization in Auschwitz for pneumonia; transfer to Jaworzno; exchanging places with a mine worker so he could be inside; becoming inured to corpses; Polish civilian workers occasionally giving them food; working with a civilian who always shared his lunch; a friend giving him his ration when the friend obtained extra food; receiving extra food for moving corpses; a three-week death march to Gross-Rosen; over 2,500 deaths en route; train transport to Buchenwald the following day; transfer to Altenburg; liberation by United States troops; not wanting to return to Germany due to learning from the Red Cross his immediate family were all killed and feeling Germany was his enemy; taking a convoy that terminated in Brussels; briefly living in an orphanage; training as furrier; emigrating to Israel in 1948; marriage; returning to Brussels in 1951 because he could not find employment; and the births of three daughters. Mr. G. discusses never becoming a Belgian citizen; obtaining a German passport; visiting Israel every year; nightmares resulting from his experiences; his obsession with obtaining food in camps; suing the German town that appropriated his family property; and his children encouraging him to record this testimony.