Rose G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2120) interviewed by David Herman
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
- Interview Date
- November 25, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Rose G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2120). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Rose G., who was born in Békéscsaba, Hungary in 1926, one of six children. She recounts being raised in Oradea; her family's orthodoxy; participation in Hashomer Hatzair; Hungarian occupation; her brother's and brother-in-law's draft into Hungarian slave labor battalions; German invasion; ghettoization; help from non-Jewish neighbors; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; selection with two sisters; humiliation, deprivation, and beatings; working near the crematoria; realizing her family's fate; selection for specious medical experiments; hospitalization; surgery; separation from her older sister, then her younger sister; a severe beating; losing her memory and becoming numb; transfer to Hamburg; slave labor in a munitions factory with non-Jewish Dutch prisoners and Italian POWs; transfer to Porta Westfalica, Fallersleben, and Salzwedel; a non-Jewish prisoner saving her life when she had typhus; liberation by United States troops; stoning locals; assistance from the Red Cross; working for the British military; UNRRA transfer to Vienenburg; moving to the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp hoping to emigrate to Palestine; returning to Vienenburg; marriage to a British soldier; a physical and emotional breakdown; hospitalization in Hannover; emigration to England; her daughter's birth; her husband's hospitalization for tuberculosis; her son's birth; her husband's mental illness; their divorce; learning her younger sister and brother had survived the camps, and her brother and brother-in-law the labor battalions; their emigrations to Australia and the United States; and visiting them in 1972. Ms. G. discusses her and her siblings emotional problems; the loss of their beautiful family life; losing her belief in God; and the inability of others to understand what they experienced.