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Pnina G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3571)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3571

Videotape testimony of Pnina G., who was born in Nowy Dwor Mazoweicki, Poland in 1923, the youngest of eight children. She recounts attending a Jewish school; participating in Maccabi; anti-Jewish violence; German invasion; her family joining a brother in Warsaw; her parents and several siblings returning home; ghettoization; smuggling goods to her father in 1941; working with her brothers in a furniture factory; eating at a Joint soup kitchen; caring for the child of a rich family, from whom she obtained food for her family; smuggling herself into the Nowy Dwor ghetto; leaving to stay with cousins in Chojnowo when she suspected a round-up (her parents and siblings would not join her); returning to her brothers in the Warsaw ghetto, with help from non-Jews; working in a factory with her brother; asking a fellow-worker to join his Hashomer Hatzair group resulting in contact with Hersz Berlinski, a resistance leader; joining the Jewish resistance (ZOB) with her brother and cousin; deportation of another brother, his wife, and child; escaping from a round-up; being trained as fighters by Marek Edelman; building a bunker; attacking Germans in April 1943; moving from bunker to bunker; her brother being wounded (he did not survive); escaping through the sewers with Zivya Lubetkin and Haim Frymer (her future husband); Śimḥah Rotem and two non-Jews transporting them to nearby forests; joining Soviet partisans; building bunkers; receiving funds and supplies from Lubetkin and Yitzhak Zuckerman (they remained in Warsaw); joining the Polish uprising in Warsaw as non-Jews; capture by the Germans; escaping; joining Armia Ludowa (Polish partisans); liberation by Soviet troops; learning all her family were killed; illegal emigration to Palestine in 1945, with assistance from Lubetkin; marriage to Haim Frymer; and the births of two children. Ms. G. notes suffering from the loss of her family, as do her children.

G., Pnina, 1923-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
August 6, 1993 and August 13, 1993.
Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki
Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Chojnowo (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Pnina G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3571). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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