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Esther and Charles G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-186) interviewed by Laurel Vlock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-186

Videotape testimony of Esther G., who was born in Sokoły, Poland, in 1924, and her husband Charles, who was born in Lublin in 1916. Mrs. G. describes prewar antisemitism and pogroms in Poland; the German takeover in 1939; Soviet occupation and German reoccupation; the destruction of Sokoły, upon which she escaped to the forest and hid for several days; her transfer to the Białystok ghetto, where she worked making military clothes; and her deportation to Auschwitz. She recalls in detail her arrival at Birkenau; her work in an ammunition factory; atrocities she witnessed in Auschwitz; her transfer to Ravensbrück, then, in May 1945, to Neustadt/Glewe; and liberation by the Americans and the Russians. She recounts her postwar journey to Lublin, where she was reunited with her brother; their journey to Łódź, where she met and married Mr. G; and their emigration to France and to the United States. Mr. G. describes incidents of prewar Polish antisemitism; the German occupation; the formation of the Łódź ghetto in 1939; his first marriage and the birth of his child; conditions in the ghetto; atrocities which he witnessed in the ghetto; and his deportation to Auschwitz in 1944, where he remained for eleven days and where his wife and child were killed. He also relates his transfer to an airplane factory near Flossenbürg and the march from there to the American zone, where he was liberated.

Author/Creator
G., Esther, 1924-
Published
Norfolk, Va. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
February 19, 1980.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Esther and Charles G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-186). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.