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Rose G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2120) interviewed by David Herman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2120

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.

G., Rose, 1926-
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.