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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.
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.