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Frances G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2910) interviewed by Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin and Barbara Stimmel,

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    Videotape testimony of Frances G., who was born in Tarnopol, Poland in 1919, one of seven sisters. She recalls her comfortable childhood in an observant and very close family; Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion in June 1941; pogroms by Poles and Ukrainians; forced labor; ghettoization; frequent round-ups and killings, including her youngest sister; working in a laundry; friendship with a Polish woman, Irene Opdyke, who worked for a German major; smuggling food into the ghetto with assistance from Ms. Opdyke; sharing warnings from Ms. Opdyke of round-ups; killings of her sisters and their families; transfer to a labor camp; an unsuccessful attempt to warn her parents of the ghetto's liquidation; escaping with assistance from Ms. Opdyke; hiding with twelve other Jews in the German villa where Ms. Opdyke worked as a housekeeper; escaping to the forest, posing as a non-Jew; liberation; living in Zbaraz︠h︡, then Kraków; fleeing to Vienna after a pogrom in 1945; marriage; her husband's and son's deaths from natural causes; emigrating to the United States in 1951; and remarriage. Mrs. G. discusses her reunion with Ms. Opdyke; Ms. Opdyke's book; and sharing her experiences with her son.
    G., Frances, 1919-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
    Interview Date
    November 7, 1993.
    Ternopilʹ (Ukraine)
    Zbaraz︠h︡ (Ukraine)
    Kraków (Poland)
    Vienna (Austria)
    Cite As
    Frances G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2910). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Tobin, Phyllis O. Ziman, interviewer.
    Stimmel, Barbara, interviewer.
    Related publication: Into the flames : the life story of a righteous gentile / Irene Gut Opdyke with Jeffrey M. Elliot ; edited by Mary A. Burgess. -- San Bernardino, Calif. : Borgo Press, c1992.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 34 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Soviet occupation.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Postwar.

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