SynopsisPaul G. was born in Boskovice, Czechoslovakia in 1912. He describes his family. He explains his family's move to Vienna when he was six months old. He describes how his father was sent to Siberia as a prisoner of war, which forced his mother to provide for the family. He describes how his parents divorced after his father's return. He recalls going to live with his father in Czechoslovakia at the age of 10. He describes his education and apprenticeship at a hardware store. He returned to Vienna to help his mother and sister open a store. He describes losing the business after Anschluss. He talks about joining a Zionist organization and working for them in exchange for a free journey to Palestine. He describes being arrested for not having identity papers. He describes cruising around the Mediterranean for months until landing in Netanya, Israel. He describes enlisting in the British army in 1939. He describes serving in France and retreating from Dunkirk to England. He discusses the officers in his battalion. He describes his marriage in London before deployment to Egypt in 1941. He describes serving in North Africa and Lebanon. He describes returning to England and reuniting with his wife. He describes joining the Czech army and training in Scotland. He describes landing in Normandy and his participation in the siege of Dunkirk. He returned to Czechoslovakia after his discharge in 1945. He explains how his wife and daughter came to live with him. He explains how the black market was essential for living during this time. He describes how he was arrested for having illegal ration tickets and jailed. He describes fleeing to Vienna with his family and traveling to London. He describes immigrating to Canada. He discusses returning to the Czech Republic and Austria. He discusses the Jewish community in Canada. Paul shows photographs, documents, and artefacts.
RightsVancouver Holocaust Centre Society for Education and Remembrance | Holocaust Documentation Project | The University of British Columbia | Consent to Record and Retain Records on file.
NoteTestimony simultaneously recorded on video and audio cassette.