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Irene G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2682) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2682

Videotape testimony of Irene G., who was born in Kuchava, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1929, the youngest of eight children. She recounts her father died when she was an infant; attending school and synagogue in Kuzʹmino; Hungarian occupation; living with her married sister in order to attend school in Mukacheve; German occupation in spring 1944; returning home with her sister; one brother hiding with assistance from non-Jews; forced relocation to Kalʹnik, then the Munkács ghetto in April; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau two weeks later; separation with her four sisters from their mother (she never saw her again); a privileged assignment sorting belongings of murdered Jews; finding hidden valuables; liquidation of the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager) in one night; smuggling for the underground because she was less suspicious as a child; providing food and clothing to other prisoners; the Sonderkommando revolt; a public hanging; a death march and train transport with her sisters to Ravensbrück; transfer to Neustadt-Glewe; slave labor in an airplane factory; liberation; traveling with her sisters to Prenzlau, Prague, and Budapest; reunion with two brothers; marriage; emigration to the United States in 1949; and helping her sisters join her. Ms. G. discusses the importance of the sisters being together for their survival; pervasive painful memories; and frequent nightmares. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
G., Irene, 1929-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
September 20, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Irene G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2682). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4288623
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