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Sonia G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1995) interviewed by Linda Pasternak and Brenda Steifel,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1995

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    Videotape testimony of Sonia G., who was born in Poland in 1924. She recalls a sheltered childhood in an affluent home; her father wanting to emigrate but her mother's reluctance to leave her family; German occupation in 1939; her uncle being beaten to death by German soldiers; Czech Jews and those from surrounding towns being relocated to their town; ghettoization; her mother's illness; omnipresent fear; being rounded-up with her father in May 1943 (her mother and sister were hiding); guards brutally murdering crying babies en route to the trains; deportation with her father and cousin to Majdanek; transfer to Auschwitz; a privileged job in the kitchen; sharing extra food with others; observing Rosh ha-Shanah and Yom Kippur; a last visit with her father who told her her mother and sister were dead, said farewell, and urged her to live; emotional numbness; improved conditions working in a munitions factory; a death march in January 1945 to Ravensbrück, then Leipzig; liberation by United States troops; working for the Soviets; and returning home via Łódź. Ms. G. discusses the importance of luck to her survival; painful, recurring memories of murdered babies and her father's last words; and becoming emotionally cold due to her experiences, except regarding children.
    G., Sonia, 1924-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
    Interview Date
    November 17, 1991.
    Leipzig (Germany)
    Łódź (Poland)
    Cite As
    Sonia G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1995). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Pasternak, Linda, interviewer.
    Steifel, Brenda, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 59 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

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