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Nelly M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-694) interviewed by Miriam Forman and Lilian Sicular and interpreted by Brenda Marshall,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-694

Videotape testimony of Nelly M., who was born deaf in Vienna, Austria in 1929. Mrs. F. describes her household comprised of her deaf uncle, mother, and younger sister, and her hearing grandmother; attending a school for the deaf at about age three; learning to read lips; and her mother's divorce (her father was deaf). She recalls the Nazi arrival in Vienna; being forced to leave school; teachers advising her mother to leave Austria; seeing signs in parks and movies reading "Jews forbidden"; an assault by a Nazi youth; witnessing the public humiliation of older Jewish men; learning to read English; emigration through Genoa, Italy to the United States; their joy at seeing the Statue of Liberty; a five month incarceration at Ellis Island because four of the family members were deaf; assistance received from the New York Society for the Deaf; attending the Lexington School for the Deaf and Hunter College; marriage; her two children; and her son's interest in her experience. She relates learning of her father's deportation to Minsk after the war (he never returned).

M., Nelly, 1929-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
Interview Date
April 13, 1986.
Vienna (Austria)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Nelly M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-694). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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