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Lore L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-946) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Peggy Morton

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-946

Videotape testimony of Lore L., who was born in 1924 in Hagen, Germany. She recalls life in a wealthy home; her father's strong sense of German identity and pride in his World War I service; increasing antisemitism; her parents' reluctance to leave; Kristallnacht; expulsion from school; confiscation of their assets; futile attempts to emigrate; attending dressmaking school in Dortmund; her desire to hide the compulsory yellow star; forced labor; transport to an assembly site in Dortmund in 1942; travel by cattle train to Litoměřice; and the march to Terezín. Mrs. L. decribes her emotional numbness; the importance of her parents' presence; inmates helping each other less as conditions worsened; the sham improvements for a Red Cross inspection; an SS guard saving her father from deportation; and liberation by Soviet troops in May 1945. She remembers the city of Hagen sending for them; her own fear of returning to Germany resulting in her parents' decision not to return; living in the Deggendorf displaced persons camp; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. L. notes chronic health problems related to her experiences and reluctance to discuss her experiences with those who cannot understand, including her children. She shows documents and photos.

Author/Creator
L., Lore, 1924-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
November 7, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lore L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-946). 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/1055926
Record last modified: 2014-12-11 13:04:00
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