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Rena G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1271) interviewed by Louise Goodman and Ruth Tofler Riesel,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1271

Videotape testimony of Rena G., who was born in 1936 in Thessalonikē, Greece. She recalls her family's move to Athens in 1940 due to the German occupation; hiding in a basement; her father's activities in the resistance; posing as non-Jews; extreme hunger; attempting to reach Turkey by boat in 1943; and capture by the Germans. She recounts their interrogation in Moúdhros on Lemnos Island; her father being taken elsewhere; being jailed with her mother and uncle for three months; her mother's influence with the Gestapo commander, resulting in Mrs. G's release from prison to live with a family of German sympathizers; visiting her mother daily; German evacuation and destruction of the village in 1945; reunion with her parents and uncle; their return to Thessalonikē; and her father starting a camp for Jewish children. Mrs. G. tells of attending a Greek American school and winning a Fulbright Scholarship to attend Michigan State University. She notes that her open family became closed and bitter as a result of their war experience.

G., Rena, 1936-
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1988
Interview Date
January 21, 1988.
Thessalonikē (Greece)
Limnos (Greece : Municipality)
Athens (Greece)
Moúdhros (Greece)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rena G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1271). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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