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Anna G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-108) interviewed by Laurel Vlock, Eva Benda, and Nanette Auerhahn

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-108

Videotape testimony of Anna G., who was born in Drohobych, Ukraine (then Poland), in 1929. She speaks of her prewar life, life under Russian occupation, and her experience of the German occupation of her town. She notes the worsening conditions under German occupation, culminating in the deportations and (as they learned only later) mass murder of Jews, including Mrs. G.'s mother, sister, and young niece. She tells of living with her father and brother in Drohobych; in the Gestapo camp on Janowska Street, where she had to hide in a closet for over a year and was finally discovered by a German officer; and in Płaszów, the labor camp near Kraków. Mrs. G. also describes her deportation to Auschwitz, where she was separated from her father and brother but reunited with her sister, only to be separated from her again; and her life there. The death march from Auschwitz, which began just after Mrs. G.'s sixteenth birthday, is recounted, as are her subsequent internments in Bergen-Belsen and Mauthausen, where, gravely ill with typhus, she was liberated.
She discusses her postwar life, including her reunion with her brother and sister, with whom she lived in Breslau and German DP camps before emigrating to the United States; her husband, also a survivor, whom she met in Europe and married in the United States; her children; and psychological effects of her wartime experiences. The abandonment of children by parents is a theme which recurs in this testimony. Mrs. G. tells how she was haunted by one such instance when her first child was born.

Author/Creator
G., Anna, 1929-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
February 18, 1980 and April 28, 1980.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Anna G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-108). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/616863
Record last modified: 2015-10-28 11:33:00
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