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Max G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4340) interviewed by Susan Millen and Joanne Weiner Rudof,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4340

Videotape testimony of Max G., who was born in Grenchen, Switzerland in 1920 to Polish immigrants. He recalls participating in Hashomer Hatzair; attending the 1939 Zionist Congress in Geneva as a pageboy; completing medical school in 1945; employment as a physician for UNRRA; assignment to a displaced persons camp for Poles; transfer to Bergen-Belsen in May 1946; gaining the trust of the residents who had difficult relations with the British and UNRRA administrators; working closely with the Jewish Committee and its head, Joseph Rosensaft; working with UNRRA and Joint medical staff and the dental technician school; meeting his future wife, a nurse who had been born in Germany and hidden in Belgium; marriage in Basel in 1947; their illegal emigration to Palestine via Marseille in April 1948; serving as a physician in the Arab-Israel War; being wounded; returning to Switzerland; his daughter's birth; emigration to the United States in 1950; military draft; serving two years in Frankfurt (his family accompanied him); and becoming a psychiatrist. Dr. G. details social and political life in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp from the perspective of an “outsider.”

G., Max, 1920-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2005
Interview Date
December 16, 2005.
Grenchen (Switzerland)
Basel (Switzerland)
Geneva (Switzerland)
Marseille (France)
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
United States
3 copies: DVCam master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Max G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4340). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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