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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1271

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    Summary
    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.
    Author/Creator
    G., Rena, 1936-
    Published
    Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1988
    Interview Date
    January 21, 1988.
    Locale
    Greece
    Thessalonikē (Greece)
    Limnos (Greece : Municipality)
    Athens (Greece)
    Moúdhros (Greece)
    Cite As
    Rena G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1271). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Goodman, Louise, interviewer.
    Riesel, Ruth Tofler, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 7 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Child survivors.
    Hiding.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Resistance.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1065440
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:27:00
    This page:
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