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Szlama G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4290) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Jean-Marie De Becker,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4290

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    Videotape testimony of Szlama G., who was born in Etterbeek, Belgium in 1922 to Polish-Jewish émigrés. He recounts his family was totally assimilated; attending public school in Brussels; learning he was Jewish after being harassed as a Jew; participating in a Zionist youth group; German invasion; fleeing to Halle; returning home; working as a tailor; refusing to wear the star; his boss allowing him to sleep at his house to avoid round-ups; his parents' deportation to Malines in 1942 (he never saw them again); working as a librarian at the synagogue; obtaining false papers; denouncement by a Jewish collaborator; deportation to Malines, Auschwitz/Birkenau, then Gleiwitz; slave labor building barracks, in a factory, and painting; public executions; a Belgian prisoner providing him with extra bread; a death march to Blechhammer; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Kraków; hospitalization; and returning to Belgium with assistance from the Red Cross. Mr. G. discusses relations among nationality groups and camp hierarchies; focusing solely on survival from minute to minute; his belief that survival was due to luck; and two visits to Auschwitz.
    G., Szlama, 1922-
    Ostend, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2002
    Interview Date
    January 29, 2002.
    Etterbeek (Belgium)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Halle (Brabant, Belgium)
    Kraków (Poland)
    Cite As
    Szlama G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4290). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Thanassekos, Yannis, interviewer.
    De Becker, Jean-Marie, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (3 hr., 35 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    False papers.
    Mutual aid.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.

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