Auschwitz survivor : Philip L. Gans, prisoner #139755
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Statement of Responsibilityby GR Lindblade & Co.
Creators & ContributorsGans, Philip L.
(author)GR Lindblade & Co.
(contributor)Gans, Philip L.
SummaryPhilip L. Gans was born in Amsterdam on January 23, 1928. His family escaped the mass arrest of Jews in June 1942 and family members went into hiding and managed to elude the Germans until July 24, 1943 when they were all arrested. Philip's mother and sister were sent to the gas chambers at Birkenau, Auschwitz II while Philip, his brother and father were sent to Monowitvz-Buna, part of Auschwitz III.
Philip's 18 months of forced labor caused the loss of his identity as he became number 139755 and endured beatings, intolerable conditions, near starvation, the forced witnessing of executions as mass punishment, transfer to other camps and the loss of his father and brother.
Philip somehow survived the death march of April 1945 as the Germans moved prisoners around in response to the Allied advances and was liberated by American soldiers at the age of 17. Philip came to the United States on an immigrant visa in 1950. In 1951, Philip began serving 21 months in US Army. Extremely conscious of the importance of the Holocaust and the rate at which the last survivors are dying, and the fact that first-person accounts will soon be a thing of the past, Philip has spoken to over 50,000 school children over the past nine years and continues to make Holocaust awareness presentation on a regular basis. —Container
Physical Description 1 videodisc (75 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
Carrier Typevideodisc (DVD)
Publisher[Sioux City, IA] : GR Lindblade & Co.