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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4282

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.

Author/Creator
G., Thérèse, 1928-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2001
Interview Date
May 14, 2001.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Thérèse G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4282). 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/6572454
Record last modified: 2016-02-16 11:27:00
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