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Gertrude H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-320) interviewed by Sarah Moskovitz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-320

Videotape testimony of Getrude H., who was born in approximately 1931 in Reghin, Romania. She recalls no awareness of politics; visiting grandparents in Sighet; wearing the yellow star in 1944; her father's removal by the SS; forced relocation with her mother to the Vișeul de Sus ghetto; deportation to Auschwitz; a kapo removing her mother from the line of older people and warning them to conceal they were mother and child; staying in the same bunk at night, but keeping apart during the day; the birth of a child in her barrack; burying the baby; the barrack kapo seeing and ignoring it (she wanted to help her after the war, but could not find her); transfer to Bergen-Belsen, then Salzwedel; slave labor in a munitions factory; attempting to sabotage the work; public hanging of a woman who "stole" food; her mother being beaten; others restraining her from reacting; Allied bombings; helping a downed pilot; liberation by American troops; the man who had beaten her mother being shot; recuperating in Hamburg; placement in a displaced persons camp; working for the Americans in Munich; learning her father had been killed; encouraging her mother to remarry; and emigration to Canada in 1948. Ms. H. discusses feeling psychologically dead in camps and hating the SS and Nazi ideology, but not Germans.

Author/Creator
H., Gertrude, 1931?-
Published
Northridge, Calif. : Child Survivor Archive at California State University, Northridge, 1984
Interview Date
March 27, 1984.
Locale
Romania
Vișeul de Sus
Munich (Germany)
Hamburg (Germany)
Reghin (Romania)
Sighet (Romania)
Vișeul de Sus (Romania)
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Gertrude H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-320). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.