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Sonia G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1983) interviewed by Claire Paulus and Yannis Thanassekos

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1983

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.

Author/Creator
G., Sonia, 1912-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1992
Interview Date
May 6, 1992.
Language
French
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4285436
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