Genia G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3779)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- May 2, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Genia G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3779). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Genia G., who was born in Lakhva, Poland (presently Belarus) in 1926, one of three daughters. She recounts attending Polish school; summer vacations in Pinsk and Luninets; Soviet occupation; attending a Russian school; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; forced labor with her younger sister assigned, by the Judenrat headed by Dov Lopatin; her father and older sister hiding; ghettoization; her father hiding valuables with non-Jews; non-Jews offering to help her family escape (her father refused, knowing others would be killed); separation from her family and being shot during a mass escape from the ghetto (she saw her older sister's corpse when leaving); treatment by a partisan doctor; living in a partisan family camp; joining a fighting unit; performing reconnaissance missions in villages; participation in the liberation of Slutsk; reunion with her younger sister in Lakhva; traveling with her to Łódź, then Föhrenwald displaced persons camp; her sister's legal emigration to Palestine; illegal emigration by ship several months later; interdiction by the British; incarceration in ʻAtlit for one month; marriage; and the births of two daughters. Ms. G. discusses details of partisan life; non-Jews refusing to return family belongings after the war; and guilt for leaving her parents when she escaped from Lakhva.