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Bela G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-730) interviewed by Stephen Kepness and Mark Jacobs

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-730

Videotape testimony of Bela G., who was born in Radzyń Podlaski, Poland, one of four sisters. She recounts attending school; German invasion; ghettoization; forced factory labor; round-ups; hiding in a bunker for eight days; transfer to Miedzyrzec Podlaski ghetto; briefly returning to Radzyń with her family, then going back to Miedzyrzec; hiding with her father during a round-up (her mother was deported and killed); deportation to Auschwitz; separation from her father; sending bread to him through a friend; a privileged assignment to the Canada Kommando; sharing extra food with a friend; treatment by a dentist at the hospital; her cousin saving her from a selection; transfer to Maehrisch-Weisswasser; slave labor in a munitions factory; punishment for taking extra food; liberation by Soviet troops; many deaths resulting from overeating; traveling to Munich eight months later; reunion with her cousin; assistance from UNRRA; traveling illegally to Paris to join a cousin; working for ORT; marriage in 1947; the births of two children; and emigration to the United States in 1959. Ms. G. discusses guilt and anger resulting from being the only survivor of her immediate family; nightmares; and the impact of her experiences on her child rearing.

Author/Creator
G., Bela.
Published
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1985
Interview Date
October 27, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Bela G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-730). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.