Chaia G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3996)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1998
- Interview Date
- March 25 and April 1, 1998.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Chaia G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3996). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.