Frieda G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-827) interviewed by Mel Berke and Bobbie Berger
- Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1986
- Interview Date
- November 9, 1986.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Frieda G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-827). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Frieda G., who was born in 1923 in Odrzywół, Poland, the fifth of nine children. She recounts antisemitic violence leading to their moving to Łódź; German invasion; ghettoization; her parents returning to Odrzywół with her four younger siblings (she never saw them again); one brother escaping; another dying from physical exhaustion; working as a tailor; marriage in 1943; pregnancy; giving birth prematurely (the baby was not alive) which resulted in illness; her sister's deportation; deportation with her husband to Auschwitz/Birkenau two weeks later; separation of men and women; encountering her sister, who protected her; transfer to Halbstadt six weeks later; hospitalization; a German health care worker caring for her; a partial recovery; her sister obtaining extra food for her; liberation by Soviet troops; cutting an SS woman's hair for revenge; her sister hiding her when Soviet soldiers sought women to rape; assistance from the Red Cross; returning to Łódź; learning her husband was alive; traveling to Feldafing; reunion with her husband; living in a displaced persons camp; her daughter's birth in 1946; reunion with her brother; emigration to the United States in 1949; and her son's birth. Ms. G. sings a song from the ghetto. She discusses physical and emotional illnesses resulting from her experiences and the importance of her sister to her survival. She shows photographs.