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Marlies G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2176) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2176

Videotape testimony of Marlies G., who was born in Breslau, Germany in 1919. She recalls growing up in Katowice, where her father was the Brazilian consul; pro-Nazism in school; attending school in Montreux; living in England; pre-medical studies in Paris; returning to Katowice in 1939; German invasion; attending dental school in Danzig; registering as a Brazilian citizen; her father and brother's arrest; her arrest and release; living with a friend's family in Okarben; re-arrest; traveling in a prisoner train to Katowice with Jews and Romanies; friendly Wehrmacht guards; imprisonment en route; stopping in Auschwitz in January 1943 where all other prisoners were removed; imprisonment in Katowice; transfer to Vienna; vicious SS female guards; transfer to Liebenau; reunion with her mother; deportation of Polish Jews holding South American passports; transfer with her mother to Vittel, where her father and brother were imprisoned; receiving Red Cross food and medical supplies; liberation by United States troops in September 1944; transfer to La Bourboule; working as an interpreter for the United States military; emigrating to the United States in 1946 (her parents and brother went to Brazil); marriage and her subsequent life.

G., Marlies, 1919-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
September 30, 1992.
Wrocław (Poland)
Katowice (Poland)
Montreux (Switzerland)
Paris (France)
Gdańsk (Poland)
Okarben (Germany)
Vienna (Austria)
La Bourboule (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Marlies G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2176). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.