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Frieda G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-827) interviewed by Mel Berke and Bobbie Berger,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-827

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.

G., Frieda, 1923-
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1986
Interview Date
November 9, 1986.
Odrzywół (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
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.
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