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Lilly G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2014) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2014

Videotape testimony of Lilly G., who was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1930. She recalls her family's comfortable, assimilated life; German invasion; fleeing with her family; separation from her father (he was conscripted into the Belgian army); their return home; antisemitic measures; hiding in their apartment with the help of their Catholic housekeeper; the housekeeper arranging her placement in a convent in La Hulpe, her brothers' in an orphanage, and her mother's on a farm; attraction to Catholicism; baptism; hiding with Jewish girls during a German search; traveling to Brussels for an operation; spending one summer with her mother in a camp for underprivileged girls; returning to Brussels with her mother and brothers in 1944; meeting her future husband (he was in the Jewish Brigade); reunion with her father who had spent the war in England; emigrating with her family to England in 1946; marriage; living in Israel; and emigration to the United States in 1954 to be with her husband's family. Mrs. G. discusses forming her Jewish identity in Israel; difficulties adjusting to the United States; continuing contact with a nun from La Hulpe; her mother's refusal to talk about the war years; and the loss of her childhood.

Author/Creator
G., Lilly, 1930-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
March 11, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lilly G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2014). 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/4285932
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:37:00
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