Moshe G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4172)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2000
- Interview Date
- April 6 and 13 and May 3, 2000.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Moshe G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4172). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Moshe G., who was born in Końskie, Poland in 1928, the fifth of six sons. He recalls his father was Hasidic; a comfortable life; German invasion; attending cheder; his father's arrest, then release weeks later; anti-Jewish restrictions, including wearing the star; his father hiding his store merchandise with a non-Jewish friend; his bar mitzvah in 1941; forced labor; the Polish supervisor who knew his father, safeguarding him; former Polish customers continuing to buy merchandise from his father which provided them with food; losing his belief in God; hiding with his family during round-ups in November 1942; deportation to Skarżysko-Kamienna with his father and three brothers (his mother and youngest brother remained and did not survive) in November 1943; slave labor in a HASAG factory; his father purchasing milk for him and his brothers when they were ill; a Polish civilian worker giving him soap; groups of prisoners praying; brief transfer to Częstochowa, then to Buchenwald; transfer with his brothers to Schlieben; an easy assignment because he was so young; running from an explosion that injured him; and treatment in the local hospital.
Mr. C. relates his transfer to the Buchenwald hospital (his brothers faked injuries to join him); sympathetic treatment by a Czech prisoner-doctor; visiting his father; transfer by himself to Dora; a privileged assignment as a messenger due to his German speaking ability; reassignment digging tranches when it was learned he was Jewish; public hanging of an escapee; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; corpses strewn throughout the camp; liberation by British troops; registering to go to Sweden despite his desire for revenge; traveling to Malmö via Lübeck; kindness from the Swedes; joining a group training to emigrate to Palestine; learning in Stockholm that his father and brothers had survived; illegal emigration in winter 1947; interdiction by the British; incarceration in Cyprus; assistance from the Joint; arrival in Israel; living on kibbutzim; and marriage in 1949. Mr. G. discusses his father's and brothers' lives in the United States and Israel; visiting Końskie with his son; a trip to Sweden in 1979 at the invitation of the Swedish government; and nightmares resulting from his experiences.