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Hella H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1562) interviewed by Claire Schuschny and Sarah Hirshfield,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1562

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    Videotape testimony of Hella H., who was born in Breslau, Germany in 1919. She recounts her father's death prior to her birth; attending a Catholic school; her mother's remarriage; anti-Jewish regulations and deteriorating conditions after Hitler became chancellor; her brother's emigration to the United States in 1938; Kristallnacht; emigrating with her parents to Sarpsborg, Norway in October 1939; relocating to Fredrikstad; German invasion in 1940; a brief hospitalization in Oslo; her stepfather's arrest; visiting him in prison; his release and death shortly thereafter; escaping deportation, in the fall of 1942, with the aid of friends; hiding in the woods for six weeks, then in an attic; being smuggled into Sweden by the Norwegian underground; living in Göteborg for three years; and emigration to join her brother in the United States in October 1945. Mrs. H. notes her marriage and children's births; discusses losing her belief in God because of the Holocaust; and learning to find pleasure in life again.
    H., Hella, 1919-
    Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1990
    Interview Date
    November 5, 1990.
    Wrocław (Poland)
    Sarpsborg (Norway)
    Fredrikstad (Norway)
    Oslo (Norway)
    Göteborg (Sweden)
    Cite As
    Hella H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1562). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Schuschny, Claire, interviewer.
    Hirschfield, Sarah, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (58 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar effects.
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Antisemitism Prewar.

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