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Margot H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1623) interviewed by Elaine Tannenbaum and Susan Morris,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1623

Videotape testimony of Margot H., who was born in Mainz, Germany in 1918. She recalls growing up in Gau-Algesheim where she was the only Jewish child her age; pleasant relations with townspeople until 1933; encounters with Nazi teachers and youth groups; her father conducting business at night to avoid the Gestapo; working near Frankfurt; returning home to escape violent antisemitism; entering a Catholic sewing school; and moving with her family to Wiesbaden where they were not known. Mrs. H. recounts working in a dress shop; her brother-in-law's suicide and her sister's death; her brother's arrest, beating and release; seeing a synagogue vandalized; her brother's arrest in place of her father; his release to emigrate; accepting a job in England in 1939; and working to contribute to the Allied war effort. She describes working as an interpreter for the American forces in Germany after the war; learning of her father's death en route to Terezín and her mother's death in Terezín; emigration to the United States in 1947; marriage in 1948; and her children's births in 1949 and 1955.

H., Margot, 1918-
Ventnor, N.J. : Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic County/Stockton State College, Holocaust Oral History Project, 1989
Interview Date
April 4, 1989.
Mainz (Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany)
Gau-Algesheim (Germany)
Wiesbaden (Germany)
2copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Margot H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1623). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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