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Chaia G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3996)

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3996

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Chaia G., who was born in Kraśnik, Poland in approximately 1933. She recounts having very few memories of life before the war; her close relationship with their Polish maid; German invasion; fear during round-ups; her family hoarding food and burying valuables; her father, brother, and two uncles entering Budzyń; her father arranging for her to live with their maid in a nearby village; denouncement; incarceration in the Kraśnik synagogue; a Jewish official securing her release; hiding in a pigsty owned by her father's friend, then again with her maid; imprisonment in Kraśnik again; escape from a transport; hiding with a family friend; discovery by the Germans; transfer to Budzyń; avoiding execution; reunion with her brother and uncle; her uncle bringing her extra food; transfer to another camp, then Majdanek; slave labor in the laundry, then fields in summer 1944, where she could clandestinely eat the crops; tossing extra food to her uncles and brother en route from work; liberation by Soviet troops; assistance from the Red Cross; placement in an orphanage; attending public school; reunion with an uncle; returning to Kraśnik, Prague, Berlin, then Bergen-Belsen and Zeilsheim displaced persons camps; assistance from UNRRA and the Joint; emigrating to Palestine via Marseille in 1946; living in kibbutzim; serving in the military; marriage; and the births of two children. Ms. G. discusses relations between prisoners and her sense of isolation when not with her relatives in camps; learning her father had been killed in Budzyń; her sensitivities about how Israelis viewed and treated survivors after the war; and a recent visit to Kraśnik.
    Author/Creator
    G., Chaia, 1933?-
    Published
    Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1998
    Interview Date
    March 25 and April 1, 1998.
    Locale
    Poland
    Israel
    Kraśnik (Poland)
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Marseille (France)
    Palestine
    Cite As
    Chaia G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3996). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Notes
    This testimony is in Hebrew.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Hebrew
    Copies
    2 copies: Betacam SP master and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    2 videorecordings (4 hr., 29 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Hiding.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Subjects
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Women. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Jewish children in the Holocaust. Forced labor. Escapes. Concentration camp inmates--Family relationships. Brothers and sisters. Orphanages--Poland. Refugee camps. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. Concentration camps--Sociological aspects. Public opinion--Israel. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Public opinion. Poland. Kraśnik (Poland) Prague (Czech Republic) Marseille (France) Palestine--Emigration and immigration. Oral histories (document genres) G., Chaia,--1933?- Budzyn (Concentration camp) Majdanek (Concentration camp) DP-Camp Bergen-Belsen. Zeilsheim (Displaced persons camp) United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4582272
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:40:00
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