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Gitta B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-290) interviewed by Miriam Forman and Mark Blechner

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-290

Videotape testimony of Gitta B., who was born in Rudnik, Poland, in 1923. Mrs. B. describes moving at the age of five to Reichenberg, capital of the Sudetenland; the German cultural orientation of the Jews there; difficulties experienced by her father because of his east European Jewish orientation; and increasingly widespread antisemitism. She relates her family's move to Prague following the German occupation of the Sudetenland; the German occupation of Prague and the resulting anti-Jewish actions; her father's efforts to remain religiously observant despite prohibitions; and continuing attempts to maintain a semblance of normalcy. She recounts her family's transfer to Theresienstadt in 1942; the loss of a boyfriend; and conditions, cultural life, and government in Theresienstadt. She tells of her family's deportation to Auschwitz in late 1943; their six month stay in the family camp; and the separation from her father when she, her mother, and her sister were selected for a labor transport. She recalls their relationship (the three survived together); their journey in cattle cars to Hamburg; and their internment in Altona, then the Neugraben labor camp. Mrs. B. also speaks of the march to Bergen-Belsen; liberation; leaving for Sweden; her need to bear witness; and the inherent vulnerability of Jews.

Author/Creator
B., Gitta, 1923-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
Interview Date
June 24, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Gitta B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-290). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.