Harry G. testimony 1984 [video recording]
Date of Recording12 September 1984
Duration2h 2m 0.0s
SynopsisHarry G. was born in Prostějov, Czechoslovakia [Czech Republic] on March 24, 1932. He describes his family. He describes the Jewish community and textile industry. He describes his father’s military career and strong Czech nationalism. He discusses his education. He recalls rapid change and increased anti-Jewish regulations in 1940. He recalls ghettoization and the German occupation. He describes his deportation to Theresienstadt with his mother and sister. He recalls being separated into a children’s barrack. He recalls attending classes, working, and staying in contact with his mother and sister. He describes preparing for the Red Cross visit. He describes liberation by Soviet troops. He describes learning his mother had survived Bergen-Belsen but died shortly after liberation in 1945. He describes transfer back to Prostějov. He speaks about the experience of children in concentration camps. He describes living in an orphanage in Prague. He discusses his difficulty in transitioning back to school and normal life after his experience. He describes the rehabilitation process. He discusses making friends and his involvement in Hashomer Hatzair. He describes immigrating to Canada with a group of Jewish orphans. He describes joining the Canadian Armed forces. He describes his marriage and family. He discusses sharing his experiences.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.