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Illeen G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-392) interviewed by Peggy Nathan,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-392

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Illeen G., who was born in Golʹshany, Poland (presently Belarus) in 1926. She recounts her family's orthodoxy; a large, extended family; her father's emigration to the United States in 1938; Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion in 1941; trading with non-Jews for food; ghettoization; her sister's deportation; deportation to Dundangen; encountering her sister; slave labor building roads; a German soldier giving her extra food; her mother's and other sister's arrival in 1942; transfer with her mother and sisters to Kaiserwald, then a month later to Stutthof; encountering a cousin and uncle; transfer to a farm with assistance from her cousin; adequate food including that provided by Polish civilian workers; regaining her strength; return to Stutthof three months later in July 1944; transfer with one sister to Dresden; Allied bombings; a death march to Prague in March 1945; her sister supporting her; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home; reunion with cousins; learning her mother and other sister had perished; traveling to Dresden, then Munich; living in Föhrenwald displaced persons camp; hearing from her father; emigration in March 1948 to the United States to join him, with assistance from HIAS; her sister's emigration in 1949; and marriage in 1950. Ms. G. discusses nervousness and nightmares resulting from her experiences; the importance of being with her sister to her survival; and attending a reunion in 1981. She shows photographs.
    Author/Creator
    G., Illeen, 1926-
    Published
    Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
    Interview Date
    November 8, 1984.
    Locale
    Poland
    Golʹshany (Belarus)
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Dresden (Germany)
    Munich (Germany)
    Cite As
    Illeen G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-392). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Nathan, Peggy, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 2 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Soviet occupation.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Mutual aid.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4293750
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:33:00
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