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Zena G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1399) interviewed by Marsha Grossman and Alice Epstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1399

Videotape testimony of Zena G., who was born in Vilna, Poland in 1914. She recalls her close family; Jewish cultural life; marriage in 1936; her daughter's birth; German invasion in 1941; a round-up of men, including her husband; mass killings at Ponary; ghettoization; escaping with help from Polish friends; returning to the ghetto because her sister required hospitalization; forced labor for H.K.P. in Keilis; a public execution; and her mother being taken to Ponary. Mrs. G. describes teaching her daughter Christian prayers in the hope she could be smuggled out and hidden; being knocked unconscious in a futile effort to save her daughter; escaping from the ghetto with her sister; hiding in the attic of Polish friends until liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Berlin to try to find her daughter; learning her husband survived; reunion with him in Israel; unsuccessful efforts searching for their daughter; and emigration to the United States in 1946. She discusses a recent trip to Vilna with her sister; hearing her daughter's voice "calling her" from their house; taking soil from Ponary in memory of her mother; and continued friendship with her rescuers.

Author/Creator
G., Zena, 1914-
Published
Ventnor, N.J. : Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic County/Stockton State College, Holocaust Oral History Project, 1989
Interview Date
November 16, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Zena G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1399). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.