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Elizabeth M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2150) interviewed by Susan Millen and Frances Proctor Cohen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2150

Videotape testimony of Elizabeth M., who was born in Othmarschen, Germany in 1921, the first child of her father's second wife. She recalls her father's career as a prominent attorney; her close relationship with her younger sister and their nanny (with whom she remained in contact and who saved some of their parents' possessions for them); increasing anti-Jewish restrictions; attending school in Switzerland; one half-brother's emigration to England and another's to Palestine; her half-sister's emigration to Peru; and her father being arrested twice. Mrs. M. describes being registered with her younger sister for a children's transport they learned about from Rabbi Joseph Carlebach; the sad departure from their parents in December 1938 for England; the trauma of learning of her parents' suicides in 1939; living in Dovercourt, Farnborough, and Broadstairs; physical therapy training in London; and living in wartime England. She recounts emigration to the United States; marriage in 1949; nightmares before first revisiting her German home; relationships with siblings and their families; her philanthropic activities; and reliving her parents' deaths when two cousins committed suicide in 1993.

Author/Creator
M., Elizabeth, 1921-
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
Elizabeth M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2150). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.