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Bertha G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2613) interviewed by Ramona R. W. Kirsch and Maureen Wilt

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2613

Videotape testimony of Bertha G., who was born in Białobrzegi, Poland. She recounts living in Radom; German invasion; her father's murder by Germans; her nine year old brother working in a hospital and convincing his boss to also employ her; deportation of her mother and sisters (she never saw them again); ghettoization; marriage; transfer to Bliżyn; her husband's death; escaping to join her brother in the Radom ghetto; being returned to Bliżyn; her brother joining her; transfer to Auschwitz; her brother throwing bread to her over the fence; receiving extra food from a non-Jewish Polish prisoner who befriended her brother; hospitalization; a privileged work assignment arranged by her brother's friend; public hanging of a woman who tried to shoot a guard; transfer to Hoheneble after eighteen months; slave labor in a factory; liberation by Soviet troops; fending off rape attempts by Soviet soldiers; returning to Radom, then Białobrzegi; assistance from the Joint; living with an uncle; civil marriage in Katowice; seeking her husband's brothers in Germany; reunion with them; their triple religious wedding in Landsberg; her son's birth; emigration to the United States; notification from the Red Cross in 1953 that her brother was alive in England; reunion with him in 1958; and his emigration to join her.

Author/Creator
G., Bertha, 1922-
Interview Date
June 22, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Bertha G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2613). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.