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Hilda B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1461) interviewed by Susan W. Needle and Jody Maier

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1461

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.

Author/Creator
B., Hilda, 1926-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
Interview Date
January 31, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
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.