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Rachel G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2600) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2600

Videotape testimony of Rachel G., who was born in Pacanów, Poland in 1927. She recalls a close and large extended family; their orthodoxy; attending public and Hebrew schools; visiting Łódź; German invasion in September 1939; anti-Jewish measures; ghettoization; her father's death resulting from a beating; deportation to Skarżysko-Kamienna in October 1942; slave labor in a HASAG munitions factory; prisoners helping each other; cruel officials, including Fritz Bartenschlager; assignment to an office position leading to improved conditions; transfer to Częstochowa in summer 1944; slave labor in a munitions factory; sabotage resulting in public hangings; abandonment by German guards in January 1945; liberation; returning home; antisemitic threats and attacks; moving to Częstochowa, then Łódź; marriage to a cousin in November 1945; traveling to Prague, then Munich; living in Wasserburg displaced persons camp; her daughter's birth in October 1947; joining relatives in the United States in 1949; and her second daughter's birth in 1953. Ms. G. notes her mother and younger brothers were killed in Treblinka; emotional numbing in the camps; permanent health problems resulting from injuries in concentration camps; and the importance of luck to her survival. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
G., Rachel, 1927-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
April 26, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rachel G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2600). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.