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Rae G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4108) interviewed by Dana L. Kline

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4108

Videotape testimony of Rae G., who was born in Minsk, Russia (presently Belarus) in 1915. She recalls moving to her grandparents' farm; attending school in Maladzechna, where her father taught music; attending college in Vilnius; Soviet occupation; moving with her parents to Maladzechna; marriage; German invasion in 1941; fleeing to her husband's parents in Oshmi︠a︡ny; arrest en route; escaping; living with her in-laws; a mass killing of Jewish men, including her husband; learning her parents, sister, and grandparents had been killed; ghettoization; transfer to the Vilna ghetto; forced labor; volunteering for transfer to Klooga; an engineer who provided false papers and helped her escape; arrest; incarceration in Tallinn; return to Klooga; a severe beating; transfer to another camp; hiding during evacuation and a mass killing in September 1944; being shot; pretending to be dead; others in hiding assisting her; liberation the next day by Soviet troops (only thirty-eight survived); returning to Vilnius; meeting her second husband; living in Landsberg displaced persons camp; working for UNRRA and the Joint; and emigration to the United States in 1947. Mrs. G. discusses a child's birth in camp; losing her faith in God; emotional difficulties after liberation realizing her whole family was killed; seldom discussing her experiences until recently; and pervasive, painful memories. She shows photographs including those taken by journalists at her liberation.

Author/Creator
G., Rae, 1915-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2001
Interview Date
June 18, 2001.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rae G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4108). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.