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Natalie G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-317) interviewed by Sarah Moskovitz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-317

Videotape testimony of Natalie G., who was born in Radzymin, Poland in 1940, and was left on a doorstep at eighteen months old when her parents fled the Germans. She recalls being in a convent with many other children; pervasive memories of hunger; being "shuffled around"; striving to be quiet and unobtrusive; and attending church where she learned negative things about Jews. Mrs. G. recounts her postwar reunion with her father; confusion because she had no concept of family; feeling "shuffled around" again; adjusting to being Jewish; mixed feelings at her father's remarriage when she was about seven; being sick but having no fear of death; and the family's move to Marseille, France in 1948. She describes feeling displaced by the birth of a younger brother; being more comfortable with adults than children; adolescent fantasies of becoming a nun; her pain at having so few memories of early years; and understanding what her mother must have gone through in deciding to give up her child. Mrs. G. shows family pictures.

Author/Creator
G., Natalie, 1940-
Published
Northridge, Calif. : Child Survivor Archive at California State University, Northridge, 1984
Interview Date
March 21, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
1 copy: 1/2 in. VHS.
Cite As
Natalie G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-317). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1058013
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:09:00
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