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Gertrud B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2812) interviewed by Gabrielle Tyrnauer

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2812

Videotape testimony of Gertrud B., a Romani. She recalls childhood in Prussia, then Danzig; arrest and incarceration in a camp; deportation by cattle car to Auschwitz at age fifteen; the trauma of being tattooed; becoming ill; nine weeks in the infirmary; her sister feigning an injury to join her; being thrown on a pile of corpses; her sister retrieving and nursing her; her father playing music for the barrack elder; transfer to Flossenbürg after two years, then Graslitz; forced labor in a munitions factory; severe punishments and beatings (she shows her scars); liberation by United States troops; seeking relatives; marriage; and the births of six children. Mrs. B. tells of sharing her story with her children and grandchildren; feeling that if this happened again she would commit suicide; and ill health due to the years in concentration camps. Agnes B. appears briefly.

B., Gertrud.
Austria : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
July 22, 1991.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Gertrud B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2812). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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