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Leo G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-158) interviewed by Dori Laub

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-158

Videotape testimony of Leo G., who was born in Będzin, Poland in 1923. He describes his childhood in a poor and very religious household in Będzin and in nearby Sosnowiec; prewar antisemitism; and his education and work experiences. He recalls the influx of German Jews into Poland; the German march through Będzin in September 1939, and the abuse by Germans of Jewish inhabitants; ghettoization, forced labor, and anti-Jewish regulations; and his transport to Germany in early 1942. He tells of his slave labor near Gleiwitz and in Bunzlau, a sub-camp of Gross Rosen, where he worked in a sawmill for three years alongside Polish and German civilians as well as prisoners of war; the psychological state of workers in the camp; the literally unspeakable dehumanization; and the fortuitous nature of survival. He relates the six-week-long death march in winter 1945 to Dora/Nordhausen, which was a frequent target of Allied bombing; the horrible circumstances of the week-long transport from there to Bergen-Belsen; and the liberation of that camp. Mr. G. also reflects on the psychological effects of his experiences, including the loss of his family.

Author/Creator
G., Leo, 1923-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
March 22, 1980.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Leo G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-158). 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/752872
Record last modified: 2013-11-13 14:55:00
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