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Grace N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-778) interviewed by Brenda Stiefel and Shelly Dattner

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-778

Videotape testimony of Grace N., who was born in Posen, Germany (presently Poznań, Poland) in 1920. She describes her family; moving to Berlin when Posen became part of Poland; the family's successful piano store; their comfortable life; changes with the rise of Nazism; the impact of the Nuremberg laws on their personal lives; her siblings emigrating; the destruction of their store on Kristallnacht; being offered a job by a concert pianist to accompany her on a tour of the United States; and difficulties obtaining papers to leave. She recalls the emotional departure from her parents; missing her appointment with the pianist in Rome; embarking on the ship from Naples without her; various jobs, learning English, and establishing herself; learning of her parents' emigration to Amsterdam; receiving notice from the Red Cross of her father's death on his way to Westerbork; marrying in 1946; helping her mother (who survived Westerbork and Terezín) come to the United States; and their subsequent lives. Mrs. N. shows her mother's diary and some documents and ponders her mother's refusal to discuss her war experience.

Author/Creator
N., Grace, 1920-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
Interview Date
November 8, 1986.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Grace N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-778). 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/1002992
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