Barbara G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4118) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Barbara Hadley Katz
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2001
- Interview Date
- July 30, 2001.
- 3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Barbara G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4118). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Barbara G., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1917, an only child. She recalls a happy childhood; her mother's extended family (her father's had emigrated); her Polish patriotism; German invasion in September 1939; anti-Jewish restrictions; being sent with a non-Jewish woman to join an aunt in Kielce (her parents thought it safer); joining her parents in Kraków (they had moved with assistance from a non-Jewish colleague); their move to Cze̜stochowa; ghettoization; renting a room from her future husband; a Jewish policeman pulling her out of a selection in October 1942 (her family and her future husband's wife and child were sent to Treblinka); feeling numb; forced factory labor; mass shooting of random prisoners when a Jew fired a gun; transfer to the Radomsko ghetto; escaping with two friends; non-Jewish boys helping them return to Cze̜stochowa; hospitalization during an epidemic; a woman having a baby (the baby was shot); liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Łódź; reunion with her future husband; marriage; leaving Poland after antisemitic violence; and joining her husband's brother in Finland, then her relatives in the United States. Mrs. G. notes no one from her mother's family survived and her disappointment at postwar Polish antisemitism. She shows photographs and documents.