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Joan L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1900) interviewed by Elaine Tannenbaum and Rochelle Karp,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1900

Videotape testimony of Joan L., who was born in Lübeck, Germany in 1920. She recalls her family moving to Berlin in 1926; increasing anti-Jewish restrictions and activities from 1934 onward; expulsion from school in 1938; destruction of the synagogue across the street on Kristallnacht; a store employee who provided food prior to legal Jewish shopping hours; one sister's emigration to England in 1939; sale of the family property; and receiving emigration papers in 1940. Mrs. L. recounts traveling via Moscow, Manchuria, Korea, and Japan, where she stayed four months; continuing to New York; reunion with an uncle; arrival of her sister from London; corresponding with her parents through the Red Cross until 1942; marriage in 1943; and working for the war department. Mrs. L. recounts learning after the war that her parents and sister had perished at Auschwitz in 1943 and visiting Berlin in 1979 by invitation of the city.

L., Joan, 1920-
Ventnor, N.J. : Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic County/Stockton State College, Holocaust Oral History Project, 1992
Interview Date
June 18, 1992.
Lübeck (Germany)
Berlin (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Joan L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1900). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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