Sonia G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1983) interviewed by Claire Paulus and Yannis Thanassekos
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1992
- Interview Date
- May 6, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Sonia G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1983). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape of Sonia G., who was born in Łochów, Poland in 1912, one of ten children. She recalls working in Warsaw starting at age fifteen; moving to a hakhsharat from 1932 to 1933 to prepare for immigration to Palestine; increasing antisemitism; returning to Łochów; emigrating to Brussels in 1938 (she never saw her family again); joining a Jewish socialist organization; a mock marriage to obtain Belgian citizenship; joining the Resistance; arrest; incarceration at Malines; deportation to Birkenau; useless slave labor; transfer to Canada Kommando; slashing clothing she sorted; close bonds with a group of Belgians; smuggling clothes to friends; the Sonderkommando revolt; a woman giving birth (the baby was killed to save everyone); public hanging of four women who stole explosives; the death march to Leipzig, Malchow, Ravensbrück, and Bunzlau; assistance from friends when she had typhus; obtaining extra food doing farm work and from Red Cross packages; being saved from execution by a guard; liberation by Soviets troops; recuperating in a Red Cross camp; repatriation to Liège and Brussels; and meeting her future husband. Mrs. G. discusses group solidarity and its importance to survival; feeling she had lost everything; sharing her experience with her son; and difficulty believing it happened. She shows photographs.