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Hilda G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1367) interviewed by Ann Gadol, Debbie Weinberg, Debbie McFadden and Sarah Mendel

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1367

Videotape testimony of Hilda G., who was born in Kutuzovo, Germany (presently Russia) and raised in Memel (presently Klaipėda). She recalls her father's early death; her brother's emigration to Palestine in 1939; German invasion; fleeing to relatives in Kaunas; German invasion; ghettoization; forced labor with her sister at the airport; exchanging possessions with peasants for food; an older Wehrmacht soldier providing them with easier work and extra food; transfer with her mother and sister to Stutthof; transfer to a slave labor camp; separation from her sister (she never saw her again); her mother freezing to death on a death march; encountering a cousin; liberation by Soviet troops; a long hospital recuperation; communication from her brother through the Red Cross; traveling to Łódź, then Munich; reunion with an uncle; and emigration to the United States two years later. Ms. G. discusses nightmares resulting from her experiences; reluctance to share her experiences with her daughter, then doing so through her testimony; visiting her uncle in Germany; and thirty-five close family members who were killed in the Holocaust. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
G., Hilda.
Published
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1986 and 1987
Interview Date
February 9, 1986 and September 19, 1987.
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
Hilda G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1367). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4295013
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