Alice G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3773)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- March 30, 1995 and April 7, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Alice G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3773). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Alice G., who was born in Spišská Stará Ves, Czechoslovakia (presently Czech Republic) in 1923, one of six children. She recounts speaking German at home; anti-Jewish events beginning in 1939; being sent to an uncle in Spišské Podhradie, thinking it was safer; returning home; confiscation of the family store; her twin sister's death from illness; deportation with another sister to Poprad, then Auschwitz in March 1942; slave labor hauling bricks in Harmęż, then sorting clothing in Canada Kommando; transfer to Birkenau; separation from her sister; bringing her food; a fellow prisoner hiding her when she had typhus; bribing a kapo to visit her brother and father; her father giving her his and her mother's wedding rings; learning her father and brother were selected for gassing; her sister's selection; slave labor on a farm; sabotaging egg production; receiving extra food knitting for German guards; hospitalization for an appendectomy in Birkenau; a death march before she was healed; a privileged prisoner allowing her to ride on a sled, transfer to open train cars in Szczecin; arrival at Gross-Rosen (it was full), then Ravensbrück; volunteering to work in Malchow; receiving food from the Red Cross; escaping from a death march; assistance from French POWs; liberation by Soviet troops; living in a refugee camp in Neubrandenburg; traveling to Prague, then Kežmarok, seeking her fiancé (he did not return); living with other survivors; and emigration to Israel. Ms. G. discusses nightmares resulting from her experiences and sharing her experiences with her older son. She shows photographs and sings songs they made up and sang in Poprad and the camps.