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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.

G., Ada, 1925-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
September 21, 1995.
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.