Gisela G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4413) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2008
- Interview Date
- February 27, 2008.
- 3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Gisela G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4413). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Gisela G., who was born in Tarnów, Poland in 1924, one of four children. She recalls her close and large extended family; her father's death in early 1939; working in his hat business; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; arrest for walking on the sidewalk; release; her mother and younger brothers hiding with a former non-Jewish employee during round-ups; she and her sister being exempted from round-ups due to their factory jobs; her mother being caught; ghettoization; building a bunker for those with no work permits; one brother's deportation; a selection in which her sister refused to leave their younger brother and an infant and its parents were shot; killing of her relatives in the bunker; loss of hope knowing she was the only survivor of her immediate family; deportation to Płaszów with a friend in fall 1943; random shootings by Amon Goeth; the camp underground placing her in the hospital and providing medication when she was ill; slave labor in the Madritsche factory; transfer to Wieliczka; a civilian worker and a soldier leaving her food which she shared with others; return to Płaszów in late 1944; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau; assignment with her friend to privileged jobs repairing clothing for the SS; sham improvements for a Red Cross visit; train transport to Bergen-Belsen in January 1945; assisting her friend who was very sick; volunteering for transfer due to the horrendous conditions; train transport to Venusberg; giving her morning bread to her friend; train transfer to Mauthausen; receiving food en route from the Red Cross in Prague; liberation by United States troops in May; returning to Poland with her friend; leaving via Katowice due to killings of Jews; and living in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp, then in Munich. Ms. G. notes her dismay that genocide is still occurring. She shows photographs and documents.