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Grace D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-888) interviewed by Mark Blechner and Martha Schulwolf,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-888

Videotape testimony of Grace D., who was born in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland in 1920. She recalls being the youngest of ten siblings in an orthodox home; German invasion; ghettoization a few weeks later; separation from her family in the October 1942 deportation; her sister-in-law's refusal to give up her child to save herself; and her pain at not having said goodbye to her family. She describes work making dresses for German women from October 1942 until February 1943; deportation to Skarżysko-Kamienna; work in Camp B making artillery shells; Polish civilian workers who brought her food; transfer to Częstochowa; liberation by Soviet troops; return to Piotrków Trybunalski; marriage in November 1945; living in a displaced persons camp in Germany; and her daughter's birth in 1947. Mrs. D. tells of travel to Israel in 1949 to see her sister; her husband's immediate draft into the Israeli Army; return to Germany; the death of her six month old son; emigration to the United States in 1952; her husband's successful business; and her overprotective attitude toward her children. Mrs. D. emphasizes that luck was the primary factor in her own survival and discusses the painful impact of separation from her family.

D., Grace, 1920-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
May 3, 1987.
Piotrków Trybunalski
Piotrków Trybunalski (Poland)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Grace D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-888). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.