Still image from Fanka G. Holocaust testimony, April 20, 1983.
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Fanka G. testimony 1983 [video recording]

Holocaust Testimony

GenreTestimonies
Object IDFG8304_02_VA
Date of Recording20 April 1983

InterviewerKrell, Robert
IntervieweeGaerber, Fanka
Duration1h 57m 49.0s
LanguageEnglish
SynopsisFanka G. born in Galicia [Eastern Europe], which was part of the Austrian-Hungarian empire. She recalls fleeing to Vienna in 1914 to escape the events of First World War. She describes her marriage in 1923. She describes moving to Zolochev and her son’s birth. She describes fleeing with her family to Zalishchyky during Soviet occupation. She recalls going alone to the spa town of Morshyn and the German invasion. She describes retrieving her son and travelling with him to L’viv where they were hidden by her husband’s non-Jewish assistant. She explains how they also received food from her husband’s patients. Fanka recalls making contacts with the underground movement to receive false papers. She describes hiding from 1942 on in Warsaw, Milanówek, and on farms. She discusses arrests, escapes and near arrests. She describes evacuation to Łowicz as the Soviet army approached. She discusses leaving Poland after the Kielce pogrom and her husband treated some victims. She describes how her family lived in Paris for three years before emigrating to Canada. She discusses nightmares and unwanted memories, including those she cannot begin to talk about. She discusses her gratitude to the Polish people who helped them.
Other Holding InstitutionsFortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies (repository)
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.