Maria G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2506) interviewed by Rivie Zeiler
- Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1993
- Interview Date
- May 7, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Maria G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2506). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Maria G., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1922, one of five children. She recalls living in a Jewish area; her parents realizing Kristallnacht was the end of German Jewry; German invasion; one sister fleeing east; anti-Jewish laws; ghettoization; starvation; smuggling food; escaping; assistance from her father's former business colleague; posing as a non-Jew; obtaining papers as a non-Jew when she traded her pocketbook (the owner did not realize her papers were in the traded pocketbook); volunteering for forced labor in Germany as a Pole; working in a garden-nursery near Berlin; frequent Allied bombings; liberation by Soviet troops; learning her sister had survived in the Soviet Union; receiving papers from an aunt in the United States; waiting until her sister, brother-in-law, and their baby could join her; their emigration; and marriage in 1948 to a man who had left Poland when he was four. Ms. G. discusses continuing to dislike the German language and the war being beyond comprehension.