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Gunia P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3631) interviewed by Frances Proctor Cohen and Helen Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3631

Videotape testimony of Gunia P., who was born in Hrubieszów, Poland in 1915. She recalls German invasion; ghettoization; receiving food from a Polish friend; her four year old child's murder by the Germans; incarceration with her mother in Budzyń; receiving bread from her husband; their transfer to Majdanek; slave labor sorting clothing; assistance from her husband during a forced march to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her husband upon arrival; receiving medicine from a Polish woman and extra bread from her mother when she was ill; having blood drawn involuntarily; transport to Bergen-Belsen, then Theresienstadt; witnessing cannibalism; and liberation by the Soviet troops. Mrs. P. remembers learning her brother had been killed; traveling to Frankfurt; reunion with her husband; living at Zeilsheim displaced persons camp; emigrating to the United States with assistance from HIAS and the Joint; being told no one wanted to hear about survivor experiences; nightmares about piles of corpses in Bergen-Belsen; and testifying at a war crime trial in Hannover. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
P., Gunia, 1915-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library, 1997
Interview Date
June 19, 1997.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Gunia P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3631). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.