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Viola G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2566) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2566

Videotape testimony of Viola G., who was born in Kosyny, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1921, one of four children. She recalls attending Hungarian and Czech schools, then Hebrew gymnasium in Mukacheve; her parents joining her; Hungarian occupation; German occupation in March 1944; ghettoization; assistance from neighbors; transfer to a brick factory; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation with her sister from her family (she never saw her parents again); assistance from a friend; slave labor digging ditches in a nearby area; receiving extra food and medication from civilian workers; being forced to give blood; a death march in January 1945; conflicts among different ethnic prisoner groups; her sister's escape; abandonment by the guards in Libčeves; returning to Mukacheve; traveling to Budapest, then Prague; attending university; marriage; her first child's death in infancy; and emigrating to Paraguay, then Canada, in order to enter the United States in 1955. Ms. G. notes her sister and one brother survived; visiting Auschwitz/Birkenau; and continuing health problems resulting from her experiences. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
G., Viola, 1921-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
June 1, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Viola G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2566). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.