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Sylvia B. and Frances G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4) interviewed by Dori Laub and Laurel Vlock,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4

Videotape testimony of Sylvia B., who was born in 1928, and her sister Frances G., who was born in 1924, in Velikiĭ Bereznyĭ in the Carpathian region of Czechoslovakia. They speak of their happy prewar life in a town with a large Jewish population; economic difficulties and anti-Jewish legislation under Hungarian occupation; the German occupation in 1944; and the round-up and deportation of Jews three weeks later. They describe conditions in the Ungvár (Uz︠h︡horod) ghetto, where they spent several weeks before being sent to Auschwitz. At Auschwitz they were separated from other family members and, after three days, sent to Riga/Kaiserwald. The sisters tell of their lives there and of their separation after Frances G. contracted typhus. Sylvia B. relates her transfer to Stutthof via Danzig and subsequent slave labor in a small town in Poland until her liberation by the Russians; her postwar search for family members; and her reunion with her sister. Mrs. G. describes her work as a slave laborer in Stutthof/Danzig; the death march from there; and her liberation by the Russians. She communicates the rage she experienced upon returning to her home town and recalls her reunion with her sister in Uzhgorod.

Other postwar experiences recounted include the sisters' move to Prague, where Frances G. married; Mrs. B.'s emigration to the United States and Mrs. G.'s emigration, with her small daughter, to Israel. Mrs. G., clearly deeply affected by her wartime memories, also speaks of her relationship with her children and her joyful reunion with her sister in the United States, where she moved after spending eight years in Israel.

B., Sylvia, 1928-
New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
March 6, 1980.
Velikiĭ Bereznyĭ (Ukraine)
Uz︠h︡horod (Ukraine)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sylvia B. and Frances G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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