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Ursula K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1341) interviewed by Bob Jacobson and Ilene London,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1341

Videotape testimony of Ursula K. who was born in Bremen, Germany in 1927. She recalls her family's move to Budapest shortly after her birth; happy times as part of the German community; a decline in her family's economic circumstances leading to their return to Germany in 1933; Jewish holiday observances; antisemitism in school; her mother's wish to emigrate and her father's refusal; and her sister's emigration to the United States in September 1938. Mrs. K. recounts their arrest on Kristallnacht; release with the other women and children; her father's detainment (she never saw him again); Nazi destruction of Jewish property; expulsion from school; futile attempts to secure her father's release; leaving from Hamburg with her brother on a children's transport to England; separation from her brother; difficulties living with families in Hull; moving to a girls' hostel where she was happier; leaving school at fourteen; secretarial training; working in Harrogate and London; and joining her sister in the United States in 1946. She discusses her sense of isolation in England and how she has come to terms with her losses.

K., Ursula, 1927-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
February 19, 1989.
Bremen (Germany)
Budapest (Hungary)
Harrogate (England)
Hull (England)
London (England)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ursula K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1341). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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