Rae G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4108) interviewed by Dana L. Kline
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2001
- Interview Date
- June 18, 2001.
- 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.
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.