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Lilly G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4440) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Barbara Hadley Katz

Oral History

Videotape testimony of Lilly G., who was born in Újfehértó, Hungary in 1926, the eighth of sixteen children in a Hasidic family. She recounts her grandfather's affluence; his obtaining papers for them to emigrate to the United States; not going because an uncle believed they had “everything here”; her brothers' draft into Hungarian slave labor battalions; forced relocation with her family to Nyírbátor, then the Simapuszta ghetto; deportation to Auschwitz; remaining with a friend when she was separated from her family; selection with other Hungarian women, including her friend, for slave labor in a Philips factory; transfer to the factory in Weisswasser; others sharing soup with her when she was punished; building radios; a death march and train transport to Bergen-Belsen; liberation a few weeks later by British troops; her friend feeding her when she was ill; living in Celle, then Bergen; marriage six weeks after meeting her husband; learning from the Red Cross that two of her brothers had survived; the births of three children; and emigration to join her husband's family in the United States. Ms. G. discusses bringing her sons and their wives to Hungary twenty years ago so they could see “from where we had come.”

Author/Creator
G., Lilly, 1926-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2011
Interview Date
March 9, 2011.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: DV Cam master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lilly G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4440). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.