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Alice G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1414) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Susan Millen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1414

Videotape testimony of Alice G., who was born in Prešov, Czechoslovakia, in 1924. Mrs. G. describes her youthful patriotism; her happy childhood; resistance of her teachers and parents to her desire for education; her frustrated and insecure mother; being her father's favorite child and his contribution to her "loving and non-ambivalent" religious outlook; and falling in love while in summer camp in 1938. She recalls her mother's decision, following Munich, to emigrate to the United States; antisemitic acts of the Slovaks; the family's purchase of U.S. visas; their train journey via Berlin to Hamburg during Kristallnacht; and arrival in the United States. Mrs. G.'s account is particularly rich in discussion of her prewar life; adjustment difficulties in America; her years of guilt and depression over the loss of loved ones in Czechoslovakia; attempts to reestablish ties with surviving childhood friends in Israel; and her three trips to Prešov, where it rains during each visit because she hasn't "enough tears to mourn."

Author/Creator
G., Alice, 1924-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
Interview Date
December 19, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Alice G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1414). 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/982265
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