Genia L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3838)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
- Interview Date
- August 1 and 8, 1996.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Genia L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3839). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Genia L., who was born in Szydłowiec, Poland in 1922, the third of four children. She recalls her warm and loving home; her family's orthodoxy; attending a Polish school; German invasion in September 1939; selling their possessions for food; ghettoization; her two older brothers' marriages in 1941; a warning two days prior to a round-up in fall 1942; moving to a work camp with her brother and his wife; slave labor building railroad tracks; escaping with her brother; a Polish acquaintance purchasing train tickets for them; joining their grandmother in the Skarżysko ghetto; learning her parents and younger brother had been deported to Treblinka; hearing from her other brother (he was later deported to Treblinka); round-up to Skarżysko concentration camp; slave labor in a HASAG munitions factory in Werke B; living in a barrack with relatives and a friend; and sewing to earn extra food for her brother, uncle, and friend.
Ms. L. tells of her brother bribing an officer to save their aunt; receiving extra food from a Polish supervisor; separation from her brother when she was transferred to Częstochowa in August 1944; slave labor; transfer to Bergen-Belsen in January on open freight cars; receiving food and clothing from a relative; transfer to Burgau, then Türkheim; a death march to Allach in early spring 1945; liberation; transfer to Feldafing displaced persons camp; reunion with her brother; marriage in February 1946; attempting illegal emigration to Palestine on the Exodus in 1947; return to Europe; emigration to Israel in 1948; and the births of two children. Ms. L. discusses the importance of being with her brother to her survival; losing her faith in God; a cold reception by native Israelis; nightmares resulting from her experiences; not sharing her story with her children until they had their own children; and a trip with her daughter, brother, and nephew to Poland in 1988 from which it took her a year to recover.