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Hilda S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2148) interviewed by Lucille B. Ritvo and Sara Moss Herz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2148

Videotape testimony of Hilda S., who was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1930. She recalls her brother's emotional illness; attending a Jewish school (the Philanthropin) due to the Nuremberg laws; Kristallnacht; her father's arrest; his release since he had a United States visa; and leaving with her brother on a children's transport to Brussels. She describes living in an orphanage; her brother's transfer to Ghell, a town which cared for handicapped people; German invasion; her guilt thinking she endangered the orphanage (there were six Jewish children there); leaving school in 1942 when it became too dangerous; losing contact with her parents; her affinity for Catholicism; and liberation in September 1944. Mrs. S. recounts hearing from her father who was in the United States; reunion with her mother (she had been deported to several concentration camps); their emigration to the United States in 1946, leaving her brother in Belgium; and difficulties with her parents since they were essentially strangers having had such different experiences and a seven year separation. She discusses the impact of her experiences on herself and on rearing her children; the importance of the Hidden Children Conference; and her gratitude to Belgium for saving her and continuing to care for her brother so well.

Author/Creator
S., Hilda, 1930-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
June 9, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies; 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hilda S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2148). 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/1065466
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