Jack G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4202) interviewed by Barbara Hadley Katz
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2002
- Interview Date
- March 8, 2002.
- 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.
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.