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Gertrude G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-451) interviewed by Ian Russ and Ora Band,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-451

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    Videotape testimony of Gertrude G., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1931. She recalls hostility from local Nazis after the Anschluss in March 1938; anti-Jewish restrictions and violence; expulsion from school; her father's arrest prior to Kristallnacht; public humiliation of her mother and grandmother on Kristallnacht; learning her father was in Dachau; his release, based upon a promise to leave Austria; their emigration to Italy; living in Milan with assistance from the Joint; attending a Jewish school; her father's internment as a political refugee; joining him, with her mother, in Castilenti; her mother's illness and other hardships; German occupation in 1943; hiding with her parents with assistance from Italian non-Jews; learning of the Allied victory on June 6, 1944; and emigrating to the United States after five years in refugee camps. Mrs. G. discusses insecurity and confusion about her identity during the war; meeting her husband in a refugee camp; close bonds with her parents due to their war experiences; and her warm feelings for the Italians.
    G., Gertrude, 1931-
    Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1984
    Interview Date
    May 19, 1984.
    Vienna (Austria)
    Milan (Italy)
    Castilenti (Italy)
    Cite As
    Gertrude G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-451). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Russ, Ian, interviewer.
    Band, Ora, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 25 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Prewar.

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