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Gena T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4458) interviewed by David Herman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4458

Videotape testimony of Gena T., who was born in Kraków, Poland, in 1923, the youngest of nine children in an affluent family. She recounts her father's death in 1934; her mother continuing to manage the business and family; German invasion; confiscation of their valuables and business; forced labor; ghettoization; her young nephew's selection for deportation (she never saw him again); her brother's killing in a failed escape; transfer to Płaszów with her mother and two sisters; public executions and frequent shootings; learning one of her sisters had been shot; slave labor outside the camp; a death march to Auschwitz/Birkenau; another to Leslau; a death march and train transfer to Buchenwald, then hours later to Bergen-Belsen; volunteering to work in a hospital for German soldiers; receiving extra food which she shared with her mother; encountering a sister-in-law who died immediately after they met; liberation by British troops; one of them proposing to her; their wedding in Lübeck a few months later; emigration to England; and her mother joining her nine months later. Ms. T. discusses her constant fear in the camps; visiting Belsen in 1985; and writing a book about her experiences.

Author/Creator
T., Gena, 1923-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
January 24, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Gena T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4458). 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/11676574
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