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Ada G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3800)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3800

Videotape testimony of Ada G., who was born in Radom, Poland in 1925, one of four children. She recounts her family's relative affluence; a large extended family; attending Polish school; cordial relations with many non-Jewish friends; an anti-Jewish boycott of businesses; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; German invasion; fleeing to Skaryzew with her family; returning; anti-Jewish restrictions; a non-Jewish neighbor giving them food; ghettoization; round-up with her brother and sister for forced labor in a munitions factory; living in barracks at the factory (she never saw her parents or younger brother again); a public hanging and random killings; being beaten after receiving a package; returning to the ghetto; being assigned to sort belongings of deportees and clear rubble after Allied bombings; her brother's round-up (she never saw him again); transfer back to the factory; a death march to Tomaszów, then train transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau; transfer with her sister to Trutnov; working in a clothing factory, then a Siemens factory; British POWs sharing food; liberation by Soviet troops; she and her sister returning home; reunion with an aunt; meeting her brother-in-law in Prague; traveling to Stuttgart, then Milan; emigration to Palestine in 1946 with assistance from the Jewish Brigade; working in a factory; marriage to the owner; and the births of two sons. Ms. G. sings songs from the camps; discusses the importance of friends to survival; not sharing her experiences, even with her children; and suffering from nightmares. She shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
G., Ada, 1925-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
September 21, 1995.
Locale
Poland
Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie)
Czech Republic
Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Skaryszew (Poland)
Tomaszów Mazowiecki (Poland)
Trutnov (Czech Republic)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Stuttgart (Germany)
Milan (Italy)
Palestine
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ada G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3800). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.