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Genia L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2168) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2168

Videotape testimony of Genia L., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1927. She recalls her observant, affluent home; a close, extended family; German invasion; being shunned by German friends; Polish neighbors looting their home; confiscation of her father's business; moving to the ghetto; her brother traveling to Warsaw (she never saw him again); forced labor producing clothing for the Wehrmacht; her family's exemption from deportation due to the privileged position of her sister's boyfriend; her mother's illness and death in 1944; her father being tortured by police seeking valuables; deportation to Auschwitz in August 1944; separation from her father (she never saw him again); transfer with her sister to Freiberg; forced labor in an airplane factory; vicious female SS guards; their transfer to Mauthausen; receiving Red Cross packages from male prisoners; liberation by United States troops; recovering in an American hospital in Linz; meeting her husband; and emigrating to the United States in 1949. Mrs. L. discusses German civilians who observed prisoners walking from camp to the factory yet claimed ignorance; continuing friendship with survivors which serves as therapy for her; and telling her children of her experiences. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
L., Genia, 1927-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
October 22, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Genia L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2168). 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/4318094
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:42:00
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