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Elly G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2519) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Pam Goodman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2519

Videotape testimony of Elly G., who was born in Simleul-Silvaniei, Romania in 1929. She recalls her brother's birth in 1939; Hungarian occupation in 1940; anti-Jewish laws; her father's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion (they never saw him again); ghettoization in spring 1944; a woman giving birth and a man dying during transport to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her mother and brother (she never saw them again); remaining with a cousin; her cousin getting her a privileged kitchen job; transfer to another camp; slave labor in a factory; illness from fumes in the factory (she still suffers from lung ailments as a result); transfer to Salzwedel; liberation by United States troops; recuperating in Hillersleben; traveling to Oradea, then Marghita; reunion with cousins; assistance from the Red Cross and Joint; returning home; realizing her parents and brother were dead; marriage in 1946; living in Oradea; the births of her children; and emigrating to the United States in 1966. Ms. G. discusses pervasive, painful memories; blaming herself for her mother's death because she parted from her in Auschwitz; not sharing her experience with her children until they were adults; and a recent visit to Auschwitz. She shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
G., Elly, 1929-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
December 15, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Elly G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2519). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.