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Marlene G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-672) interviewed by Adele Goldberg

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-672

Videotape testimony of Marlene G. who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1927. She recalls her family's affluence; their orthodoxy; attending a private, Jewish school; pervasive antisemitism; German invasion; her father's arrest (she never saw him again); ghettoization; attending school until 1942; starvation; a Jewish policeman smuggling her younger brother out when he was rounded up in May; forced labor; sabotaging the work; deportation to Auschwitz in 1944; separation from her brother; her mother's selection (she never saw her again); punishment after a prisoner revolt destroyed a crematorium; transport to Birnbäumel; always remaining with her friends; a death march to Gross-Rosen and Bergen-Belsen; and liberation by British troops. Ms. G. discusses the "eternity" of the deportation train to Auschwitz; barbecues reminding her of the smell of Auschwitz; losing hope only one time; her group always helping each other; losing her belief in God in the camps, but regaining it later; sorrow at liberation; nightmares; not sharing her story for thirty years; and feeling obligated to do so now.

Author/Creator
G., Marlene, 1927-
Published
Lawrence, N. Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1985
Interview Date
November 20, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Marlene G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-672). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.