Issachar G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4114)
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
- Interview Date
- November 24, 1996.
- 3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Issachar G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4114). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Issachar G., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1929, one of five children. He recounts his father was a rabbi; attending school for five years; his brother's marriage to a Swiss woman and their emigration to Switzerland; his older sister's emigration to Palestine; receiving emigration documents from her; his father's refusal to leave; Hlinka guards designating his family for deportation; receiving deportation exemptions from Rabbi Abraham-Aba Frieder; Frieder, Dov Weissmandel, and Gisi Fleischmann meeting in their home; his father arranging for Jews to be smuggled weekly to Hungary and hiding two rabbis; Weissmandel preventing the Hlinka guard from burning Jewish books through contacts in Switzerland; more dangerous conditions after the 1944 Slovak uprising; his brother's birth in September 1944; he and his father hiding during a round-up; returning to find his mother, sister, and brother gone (they were deported and killed); a woman exposing their hiding place; deportation to Sered, then Auschwitz with Gisi Fleischmann; his father's selection for death; transfer to Neiderorschel; slave labor in an airplane factory; a death march to Buchenwald; liberation by United States troops two days later; returning to Bratislava; leaving after finding no surviving relatives; living in an UNRAA camp for six weeks, then in Bad Nauheim and Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camps; illegal emigration to Palestine in 1946; interdiction; incarceration on Cyprus; entering Israel; and starting a new life and family. Mr. G. notes the difficulty of describing what he felt and experienced to those who were not there.