Hilda B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1461) interviewed by Susan W. Needle and Jody Maier
- Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
- Interview Date
- January 31, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Hilda B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1461). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Hilda B., who was born in Steinsfurt, Germany in 1926. She recalls her father's death in 1928 from World War I injuries; moving to a village; having their windows broken on Kristallnacht; expulsion from public school; attending a Jewish school in Heilbronn; her family's deportation while she was away from home in 1940; living with a teacher in Heilbronn; forced labor; briefly studying nursing in Hamburg; and deportation to Theresienstadt in August 1942. Mrs. B. describes the organization of life in Theresienstadt; deportation to Auschwitz in October 1944; transfer to Birkenau; efforts to stay with her friends; transport two weeks later to Kurzbach; digging graves; sending a note to friends in Theresienstadt through a guard; the death march to Gross Rosen; transfer to Mauthausen, then Bergen-Belsen; horrendous conditions for two months; liberation by British troops in April 1945; recuperating in Stockholm, Sweden; and emigration to the United States. She discusses her reunion with her sister after a twenty year separation and her continuing reluctance to speak of her experiences.