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Liane R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1213) interviewed by Samuel Kenner and Harriet Tarnor Wacks,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1213

Videotape testimony of Liane R., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1934. She recalls the Anschluss; her father's apparent suicide in September 1938 after he was forced to close his dental practice; Kristallnacht; embarking on the St. Louis with her mother and brother in 1939; being denied entry to Cuba; sailing between Cuba and Florida while efforts were made to find refuge; and having to return to Europe. Mrs. R. recounts living in Loudun, France for over two years; German invasion; fleeing to Limoges; Jewish organizations which arranged their schooling and her brother's violin lessons and bar mitzvah; American relatives who agreed to sponsor them; a bombing in Paris where they obtained United States visas; traveling to the United States in 1941 via Marseille, Spain and Portugal; and living with relatives, whose son Leon Klinghoffer was killed in 1985 in a terrorist incident. She discusses her and her brother's refusal to discuss their experiences with their mother when younger and her mother's state of mourning since her husband's death.

R., Liane, 1934-
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1989
Interview Date
April 17, 1989.
Vienna (Austria)
Limoges (France)
Paris (France)
Marseille (France)
Loudun (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Liane R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1213). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.