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Marianne G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1449) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Lawrence L. Langer,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1449

Videotape testimony of Marianne G., who was born in Hagen, Germany, in 1924. Mrs. G. recalls her parents' hat and yardage business; ostracism by non-Jewish schoolmates and teachers; her parents' decision in 1936 to sell their business and move to Dordrecht, Holland; her grandmother's arrival from Germany; the loss of other relatives who remained; the 1940 German invasion; moving to Gorinchem when Jews were forbidden to live in coastal areas; and a warning from Dutch police that she and her sister go into hiding. She tells of a Dutch family, active in the resistance, which provided her family with food, fuel and assistance in hiding; the capture, torture and execution of a member of that family; being hidden in a succession of homes separately from her sister and parents; the betrayal and deportation of her parents to Westerbork, then Sobibor (where they were killed in 1943); posing as a Dutch "Indonesian" in an encounter with Germans; and liberation and reunion with her sister. She describes the confusion she and other Dutch Jews felt about Christianity and Judaism; emigration to the United States in 1949; and visits back to Gorinchem and Hagen.

G., Marianne, 1924-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
January 16, 1991.
Hagen (Arnsberg, Germany)
Dordrecht (Netherlands)
Gorinchem (Netherlands)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Marianne G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1449). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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