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Isabelle G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2017) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin and Gabriele Schiff

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2017

Videotape testimony of Isabelle G., who was born in Sopot, Germany in 1926. She recalls expulsion from ballet class, then school because she was Jewish; moving to Danzig in 1936 to attend a Jewish school; attacks by German youths; participation in a "Bar Kochba" sport club; harassment resulting in the family's move to Łódź in 1938; German invasion; ghettoization in 1940; her father's death from tuberculosis; her brother's deportation in 1942; deportation with her mother to Auschwitz/Birkenau in August 1944; constant thoughts of hunger and food; their transfer to Sasel; bonding with the women in their barrack (they still stay in touch); useless forced labor; transfer to Bergen-Belsen in April 1945; pervasive lice, filth and disease; liberation by British troops; living at Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp until January 1946; moving to Frankfurt; meeting her future husband in Zeilsheim displaced persons camp; marriage; working for the Joint; her son's birth; emigration with her mother and family to the United States in 1949; and her daughter's birth. Mrs. G. shows photographs and discusses her continuing hostility toward Germans during a recent visit to Germany.

Author/Creator
G., Isabelle, 1926-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
April 21, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Isabelle G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2017). Fortunoff Video Archive f or Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.