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Gerda K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-679) interviewed by Gabriele Schiff and Brenda Steifel,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-679

Videotape testimony of Gerda K., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1911. Mrs. K. recounts a happy childhood; antisemitic incidents; laboratory work in a Catholic hospital; she and her father losing their jobs when Hitler came to power in 1933; her father leaving Germany; joining him in Paris with her mother; her mother's death in 1934; obtaining jobs and adjusting to life in Paris, realizing they would not return to Berlin as they originally thought; German invasion; a round-up and two to three weeks in the Vélodrome d'Hiver; and transport to Gurs. She recalls over four months in Gurs; reunion with her father (he had been in about eight camps); his arrangement for their release; working on various farms in the area; living on false papers in Auch; working for the Red Cross in Auch and Toulouse; and return to Paris at war's end. She tells of emigration to the United States in 1947; aid received from HIAS, which she repaid; adjustment difficulties; wanting to return to Paris; meeting her husband; and her father living with their family.

K., Gerda, 1911-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
Interview Date
April 5, 1986.
Berlin (Germany)
Paris (France)
Auch (France)
Toulouse (France)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Gerda K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-679). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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