Gena T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4458) interviewed by David Herman
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- January 24, 1991.
- 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.
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.