SynopsisJulie G. was born in Cieszyn, Poland on September 30, 1920. She recalls that her family lived there for five years then moved to Skoczów, Poland. She describes her family. She describes her education. She describes her family fleeing as far as Krakow during the German invasion and how they returned home after realizing they could not escape. She recalls the deportation of her brother and father. She describes communication with an uncle in Calgary. She recounts how her mother was hospitalized and she never saw her again. Julie describes staying with friends on a farm. She was transported to Sosnowiec and stayed on another farm until she was deported to a concentration camp in Porici, Czechoslovakia. She describes working in a factory. She discusses hearing rumours about Auschwitz. She describes conditions worsening after the arrival of displaced Hungarians. She recalls how prisoners helped each other. Julie describes liberation by Russian soldiers. She returned to Skoczów and was taken in by non-Jewish neighbours. She describes crossing the border to the Czech side and visiting Prague. She describes learning her brother survived. She describes immigration to Canada. She describes living with relatives in Calgary and meeting her husband (who is also a survivor) in Vancouver. She discusses sharing her story and experiences with her children.
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NoteTestimony simultaneously recorded on video and audio cassette.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.