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Renata M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1626) interviewed by Herbert Hane and Helene Goldberg,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1626

Videotape testimony of Renata M., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1925. She recalls not understanding why she could no longer attend public school; her non-Jewish nursemaid's role in their escape to Italy in 1936; settling in Alassio; her father's and uncle's imprisonments during which she visited them; imprisonment with her mother in Perugia; transfer to Cascia under police supervision; receiving food from the villagers; transfer to Citta︡ di Castella, where her brother was born in 1941; and her realization that something was wrong. Mrs. M. describes moving to Bevagna; receiving orders to report to the police; being hidden with her brother in a monastery; hiding, with help from her future husband and his family, on farms and in the mountains of the Assisi area; several incidents of near discovery; reunion with her parents after liberation; her marriage; and emigration to the United States in 1954. She reflects upon her uncertainty about her Jewish identity and why she was persecuted and related a recent incident which brought back a vivid and traumatic memory of her experience in hiding.

M., Renata, 1925-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
Interview Date
June 12, 1990.
Berlin (Germany)
Alassio (Italy)
Perugia (Italy)
Cascia (Italy)
Città di Castello (Italy)
Bevagna (Italy)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Renata M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1626). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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