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Fanny G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3214) interviewed by Dorit Welt

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3214

Videotape testimony of Fanny G., who was born in Paris, France in 1921 to Polish immigrants. She recalls her three brothers; moving with her family to Cantal in 1940, then to Lyon; resistance activities with the MUR; visiting her parents and brothers who were hiding in Savoie; arrest in June 1944; imprisonment in Montluçon; Gestapo torture and beatings; friendships with prisoners that endure to the present; transfer to Drancy; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in August; frequent appels and selections; transfer with friends to Krautau; slave labor in an airplane factory; sabotaging the parts; receiving food and clothing from Italian POWs; liberation by Soviet troops; escaping rape because the Soviet soldier was so drunk; assistance from the Red Cross; traveling to Děčín; repatriation to Paris via Sarreguemines; reunion with her brother and parents; and marriage to a non-Jew in 1947. Mrs. G. notes the importance of friends to her survival; brief hospitalization in camp for typhus; women giving birth in camps; postwar prejudice against Jewish deportees; continuing nightmares and insomnia resulting from her experiences; visiting Auschwitz with her husband; continuing to hate those who victimized her; and pessimism about the future.

Author/Creator
G., Fanny, 1921-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
Interview Date
March 10, 1995.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Fanny G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3214). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.