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Fanka G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3104) interviewed by Robert Krell

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3104

Videotape testimony of Fanka G., who was born in Galicia in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy prior to World War I. She recalls fleeing the war to Vienna in 1914; marriage in 1923; moving to Zolochiv for her husband's medical practice; her son's birth; fleeing with her husband, mother, and son to Zalishchyky when the Soviets invaded; Soviet occupation; returning home; going alone to a spa in Morshin; German invasion; retrieving her son from Stryĭ via Kalush; traveling with him to Lʹviv; eventually returning home; being hidden by her husband's non-Jewish assistant during round-ups; receiving food from her husband's non-Jewish patients; contacts with the underground through a friend; receiving false papers from the underground; hiding in Warsaw, Milanówek, and on a farm near Germany from November 1942 on; arrests, escapes and near arrests; evacuation to Łowicz as Soviets approached; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Praga; leaving Poland after the Kielce pogrom (her husband treated some victims); living in Paris for three years; emigration to Canada; and her husband re-establishing his career with assistance from HIAS. Ms. G. discusses her nightmares; unwanted, pervasive memories; gratitude to the Poles who saved them; and many memories she has not talked about.

G. Fanka.
Vancouver B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1983
Interview Date
April 20, 1983.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Fanka G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3104). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.