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Frances L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1901) interviewed by Rochelle Karp and Alice Epstein,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1901

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    Videotape testimony of Frances L., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1921. She recalls her assimilated and wealthy family's disbelief that conditions in Germany would impact them; the Anschluss; anti-Jewish restrictions; her brother's emigration to Belgium; emigrating with her father to Amsterdam in 1938; her mother joining them later (she had refused to emigrate earlier); German invasion in May 1940; marriage, and moving to Tilburg. Mrs. L. recounts her brother's escape attempt through France (he perished in Auschwitz); her son's birth in 1942; hiding in several locations over the next two years; the births of two more sons; receiving assistance from the Dutch underground; liberation in October 1944 by British troops; emigrating to the United States in 1951; and her parent's return to Vienna. She notes her family did not discuss their war experiences and that her children are well adjusted with children of their own.
    L., Frances, 1921-
    Ventnor, N.J. : Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic County/Stockton State College, Oral History Project, 1992
    Interview Date
    August 6, 1992.
    Vienna (Austria)
    Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Tilburg (Netherlands)
    Cite As
    Frances L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1901). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Karp, Rochelle, interviewer.
    Epstein, Alice, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 58 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Prewar.

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