Frances G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2910) interviewed by Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin and Barbara Stimmel
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
- Interview Date
- November 7, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Frances G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2910). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.