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Kate F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1896) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Frances Proctor Cohen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1896

Videotape testimony of Kate F., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1914, the only child of a government official. She recalls her family's assimilated lifestyle; graduation from school in 1933; a teacher avoiding racial questions on Mrs. F.'s final oral exam; deteriorationg conditions; teaching German for a year in Paris; studying comparative literature at the Sorbonne; visiting her parents in Berlin; seeing broken glass the morning after Kristallnacht; her parents' emigration to Paris to join her; and transport to Gurs as an "enemy alien." Mrs. F. recounts her release after the Germans occupied Paris; moving to Montauban; visiting her parents once, then losing contact with them; emigration by way of Spain and Lisbon to the United States in 1941; marriage to another refugee; bringing her mother to the United States in 1945 (she had hidden in France); and her son's birth in 1946. She shows family photos and documents including certification of her father's death at Auschwitz.

Author/Creator
F., Kate, 1914-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
January 21, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Kate F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1896). 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/1053848
Record last modified: 2016-03-28 10:36:00
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