Margit R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-791) interviewed by Gabriele Schiff and Linda Pasternak
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
- Interview Date
- November 16, 1986.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Margit R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-791). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Margit R., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1915 while her father was serving as a medical officer at the front in World War I. She describes her family's German patriotism; their assimilated and affluent life; activities in a Social Democratic youth organization; anti-Semitic propaganda; her desire to leave Germany beginning in 1933, despite her parents' pro-German sentiments; the April 1, 1933 boycott of Jewish businesses and professionals, including her father; fleeing to Switzerland with her mother; returning to Berlin; going to England with a Quaker group; and returning again when she learned her father was in a concentration camp. Mrs. R. recalls her father's release; his emigration to Prague; attending school; increasing anti-Jewish restrictions; her father's return after a year; meeting her future husband at university; marriage in 1936; emigration with her husband to Bolivia in 1938; adjustment difficulties; and her parents' arrival in 1940 on the last boat from Germany. Mrs. R. tells of emigration to the United States in 1948; her parents' return to live in Germany; visiting them in 1955; and the deaths of most of her family who did not "get out in time."