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Cypora G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1600) interviewed by Michael Alpert,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1600

Videotape testimony of Cypora G., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1920, one of seven children. She recalls her family's extreme poverty; her mother's efforts to feed them; attending a Bund school; working from age ten to help support her family; her mother's death; studying theater on a scholarship; meeting her future husband; performing in many locations with a theater group; the emigration of three sisters; German invasion; her future husband having her smuggled to Białystok; working in Yiddish theater; moving to Vilnius; traveling to Tashkent; living in Farghona; marriage; returning to Warsaw in 1946; disbelief at the total destruction; locating her husband's three year old nephew in Slonim (his parents were killed and he was hidden by a non-Jew) and adopting him; fleeing after the Kielce progrom and antisemitic violence against her son; living in Stockholm; and emigration to the United States in 1948. Mrs. G. notes her focus on raising her son; seldom working in Yiddish theater again; and no interest in returning to Poland or Warsaw, "a new place built on the blood and flesh of my relatives." She shows photographs and documents.

G., Cypora, 1920-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
September 24, 1990.
Europe, Eastern
Warsaw (Poland)
Białystok (Poland)
Vilnius (Lithuania)
Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Farghona (Uzbekistan)
Stockholm (Sweden)
Slonim (Belarus)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Cypora G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1600). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.