Lili G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1779) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Helen W. Silverman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
- Interview Date
- April 16, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Lili G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1779). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Lili G., who was born in Yasinya, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1928. She recalls an antisemitic teacher; friendly relations with Christians; Hungarian occupation; her father's and brothers' service in Hungarian forced labor battalions; hiding Polish refugees; German occupation; anti-Jewish measures; billeting of German soldiers in their home; her mother being beaten; their deportation to Mátészalka; receiving food from Hungarians; a German soldier beating her grandfather; their deportation to Auschwitz; being told by a Jewish prisoner to say she was eighteen; separation from her mother; staying with two girls from her hometown; transfer to Essen; improved conditions; slave labor in an ammunition factory; destruction of the factory by allied bombing; transfer to Gelsenkirchen; receiving food from a German guard; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; lying among corpses; liberation by British soldiers; recovery in Sweden; living with a Jewish family; learning of her father's and brothers' deaths in Buchenwald; emigration to the United States in 1947; and marriage in 1948. Mrs. G. discusses her nightmares; continuing contacts with camp friends who helped her; thoughts of her mother giving her hope in the camps; sharing her experiences with her children; and her compassion resulting from these experiences.