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Thérèse G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4282) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Jean-Marie De Becker,

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    Videotape testimony of Thérèse G., who was born in Kłobuck, Poland in 1928, the older of two sisters. She recounts emigration to Brussels when she was three months old; attending school; German bombing and invasion in May 1940; anti-Jewish laws, including wearing the star; her parents placing her and her sister (with others from her school) in a convent in Louvain in 1942; the nuns instructing them not to reveal they were Jewish; attending mass and praying; her parents retrieving them in 1944, fearing Allied bombings in Louvain; hiding with them and her aunt in Groot-Bijgaarden (Grand Bigard); their denouncement and arrest; incarceration in Avenue Louise for a few days, then in Malines; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau three months later; gender separation upon arrival; remaining with her aunt after selection (she never saw her sister or mother again); several slave labor assignments; nationality tensions among groups of prisoners; crying constantly; a German soldier giving her bread when she cleaned his quarters; transfer with her aunt a few months later to Landsberg, then Türkheim; a public hanging; assignment to the kitchen; a severe beating for taking food; hospitalization for an injured foot; a death march to Dachau, then Wolfratshausen; liberation by United States troops; returning to Brussels; reunion with her father; marriage to a survivor; emigration to Israel; her daughter's birth; and returning to Belgium in 1953. Ms. G. discusses recognition by Yad Vashem of one of the nuns who hid her; the importance of her aunt's constant support to her survival; apathy following liberation; nightmares; finding Auschwitz “sanitized” during a 1970s visit with her husband; and sharing her experiences with her children. She shows photographs and documents.
    G., Thérèse, 1928-
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2001
    Interview Date
    May 14, 2001.
    Kłobuck (Poland)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Louvain (Belgium)
    Groot Bijgaarden (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Thérèse G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4282). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Thanassekos, Yannis, interviewer.
    De Becker, Jean-Marie, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (3 hr., 26 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Women. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Jewish children in the Holocaust. Convents. World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, German. Concentration camp inmates--Family relationships. Forced labor. Mothers and daughters. Fathers and daughters. Sisters. Concentration camps--Sociological aspects. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. Death marches. Nightmares. Poland. Kłobuck (Poland) Brussels (Belgium) Louvain (Belgium) Groot Bijgaarden (Belgium) Israel. Oral histories (document genres) G., Thérèse,--1928- Auschwitz (Concentration camp) Birkenau (Concentration camp) Malines (Concentration camp) Landsberg (Concentration camp) Türkheim (Concentration camp) Dachau (Concentration camp)

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