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Leah G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2492) interviewed by Elliot Perry

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2492

Videotape testimony of Leah G., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1935, an only child. She recounts her family's affluence; a happy childhood; German invasion; joining relatives in Działoszyce; returning to Kraków; living in Koszyce; her father hiding her with non-Jews; visiting her parents; Poles threatening to expose her; being moved; her mother joining her in 1943 (her father had been arrested and did not survive); a failed smuggling attempt to Slovakia; returning to Kraków; entering Slovakia; living in Kežmarok as non-Jews; her mother's employment by a policeman; comfort from attending church; liberation by Soviet troops; attending a Jewish camp; moving to Prague, then to Aix-les-Bains in 1946; her mother's employment in a Jewish orphanage; her remarriage; becoming ill; her mother sending her to Switzerland to recover; returning to her family; her half-sister's birth in 1948; moving to England in 1952; rejoining her family in Nice; returning to England; marriage to a survivor; the births of three children; and attending art school. Ms. G. discusses her mother's depression after the war; acting as a mother to her half-sister (they remain close); becoming a Zionist and traditional Jew; sharing her experiences with her children; meeting a German who expressed antisemitic sentiment, knowing she was Jewish; and feeling a bond with others she met at a child survivor conference in California.

Author/Creator
G., Leah, 1935-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
February 1, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Leah G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2492). 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/4296827
Record last modified: 2012-05-03 15:48:00
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