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Margarete L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-958) interviewed by Linda Pasternak and Brenda Steifel

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-958

Videotape testimony of Margarete L., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1924. She recalls her father's trip to the Soviet Union from which he never returned; expulsion from school at age thirteen; forced labor; a non-Jewish co-worker who provided them with extra food; destruction of her mother's business during Kristallnacht; receiving protection for herself, sister and mother from the Swedish embassy since they were Soviet citizens; arrest and torture by the Gestapo for refusing to name Jews in hiding; and transfer to Bergen-Belsen. She describes the pervasive fear; transfer of Soviet citizens to Vittel; improved conditions; liberation by United States troops; recovering in a displaced persons camp; legal emigration to Palestine with her mother and sister; marriage to a cousin; recurring nightmares; her son's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1961. She shows photographs and a watch she kept throughout the war and she discusses her visit to Berlin.

Author/Creator
L., Margarete, 1924-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
November 21, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Margarete L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-958). 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/1055927
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:09:00
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