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Jack G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4202) interviewed by Barbara Hadley Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4202

Videotape testimony of Jack G., who was born in Deszno, Poland in 1926, one of seven children. He recounts attending public school; antisemitic harassment; German invasion; forced relocation to Rymanów; forced labor in his father's stead; six months in a forced labor camp; a brief escape; transfer to the Kraków ghetto; assistance from a baker; staying in a Catholic hospital when he had typhus; protection by the nuns; imprisonment; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in early 1942; sorting possessions of murdered Jews; sharing extra food they found; saving a friend from extermination; transfer to Buna, then the Jawischowitz coal mine; returning to Auschwitz in 1944; transfer to Buchenwald; posing as a Polish prisoner; transfer to Dora, then back to Buchenwald; a death march; escaping with fellow prisoners; liberation by United States troops; recuperating in Munich; living in Freising; assistance from the Joint; living in Bergen-Belsen and Zeilsheim displaced persons camps; learning through the Red Cross that his sister was alive; joining her in the United States in 1949; attending an ORT school; marrying a survivor; and the births of two children. Mr. G. discusses continuing friendship with the man he saved; his career and businesses; his wife's illness; and not sharing his experiences with his children. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
G., Jack, 1926-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2002
Interview Date
March 8, 2002.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jack G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4202). 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/4924977
Record last modified: 2014-06-03 16:40:00
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