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Laura G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1917) interviewed by Ilana Abramovitch

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1917

Videotape testimony of Laura G., who was born in Michalovce, Czechoslovakia in 1917, one of ten children. She recalls her comfortable, orthodox childhood; moving to Prague in 1937 to learn dressmaking; returning home in 1938; German occupation; antisemitic restrictions; illegally entering Hungary in 1942; staying with relatives in Uz︠h︡horod, Seredne, and Mukacheve; obtaining false papers; living in Budapest as a non-Jew; joining her family in Liptovský Mikuláš; moving to Poruba; hiding with other Jews in bunkers in the Tatra Mountains; raids by Hlinka Guards; relocating to Hrádok; arrest with her family in January 1945; imprisonment in Liptovský Mikuláš; transfer to Sered;̕ seeing her father for the last time; deportation with her mother and sister to Ravensbrück; forced labor for Siemens; her mother's death; transfer with her sister to Bergen-Belsen; assistance from a kind block leader; good relations with non-Jewish prisoners; contracting typhus; liberation by British troops; convalescing with her sister in Malmö and Göteborg, Sweden; learning her father and four sisters had perished; visiting her surviving siblings in Michalovce; emigration to the United States; and marriage to a survivor. Mrs. G. discusses lingering sadness; her guilt that she survived when so many family members were killed; and reluctance to share her story with her children.

Author/Creator
G., Laura, 1917-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
December 12, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Laura G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1917). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.