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Betty G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4150) interviewed by Peter Lewandowski,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4150

Videotape testimony of Betty G., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1914. She recalls a comfortable life; frequently hearing antisemitic remarks; attending a Jewish school; marriage; German invasion; her husband's mobilization; anti-Jewish laws; receiving messages from her husband; escaping with her sister to join him in Soviet-occupied Baranavichy in February 1940; separation from her sister (she never saw her again); arrest with her husband in June; a six-week journey to Siberia; forced labor in a remote camp; freezing conditions and hunger; being freed when Germany attacked the Soviet Union; a difficult journey to Turkestan, then Samarqand; traveling to Poland in 1946; encountering antisemitism in Lʹviv; living in a displaced persons camp in Germany; joining friends in Paris; her daughter's birth; and emigration to Australia in 1951, then to the United States in 1964. Ms. G. notes that almost her entire family was killed and difficulty believing she and her husband survived such horrendous conditions for six years.

G., Betty, 1914-
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 2001
Interview Date
November 28, 2001.
Soviet Union
Siberia (Russia)
Warsaw (Poland)
Baranavichy (Belarus)
Turkestanskai︠a︡ A.S.S.R. (R.S.F.S.R.)
Samarqand (Uzbekistan)
Paris (France)
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Betty G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4150). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.