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Pearl G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1049) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1049

Videotape testimony of Pearl G., who was born in Okrouhlička, Czechoslovakia in 1924, one of seven children. She recalls her father's death in 1934; her oldest brother helping support them; their orthodoxy; Hungarian occupation; two brothers and her brother-in-law being drafted for slave labor (they never saw them again); expulsion from school; confiscation of their business; refusing to hide with her mother's non-Jewish friend, not wanting to leave her family; their deportation to the Ti︠a︡chiv ghetto; deportation four weeks later to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her mother, sister-in-law, and the children; remaining with her sister; encountering cousins from Romania; transfer with her sister and cousins to Unterlüss; slave labor in a munitions factory and construction; her cousins sharing extra food with them; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; corpses all over; liberation; hospitalization; her sister's death; transfer to Malmö, Sweden; two months in a hospital, six months in a sanitarium, and a year in a convalescent home; living with her cousins in Stockholm; learning in 1947 that two sisters and a brother had survived; emigrating in 1949 to join an uncle in the United States; visiting her siblings in Israel in 1955; marriage; and her son's birth in 1959. Ms. G. discusses continuing nightmares and sharing her story with her son when he was older.

Author/Creator
G., Pearl, 1925-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
September 17, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Pearl G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1049). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.