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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.

Author/Creator
R., Liane, 1934-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1989
Interview Date
April 17, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
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.