Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

Trudy H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2452) interviewed by Margot Brandes and Rivie Zeiler,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2452

Videotape testimony of Trudy H., who was born in Wachenheim, Germany in 1931. She recalls her parents' orthodoxy; the trauma of seeing them beaten on Kristallnacht; several days later being sent with her brother to Paris; living in children's homes, hospitals, and a chateau near Marseille; physical and emotional deprivation; being smuggled with a group of fifty children via Lisbon and Casablanca to the United States; and seeing her parents for the last time from the train en route. Mrs. H. recounts living at a Rothschild home in 1941; living with an aunt, where her brother remained when she was transferred to foster homes; difficulties adjusting to normal life; learning of her parents' deportation and deaths; her marriage; and the births of three children. She reflects upon the emotional effects of these experiences on both her brother and herself; the importance of her children's Jewish education; and her decision to share her experience with them after having nightmares when her daughter planned to visit Germany.

H., Trudy, 1931-
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1992
Interview Date
July 9, 1992.
Wachenheim an der Weinstrasse (Germany)
Casablanca (Morocco)
Lisbon (Portugal)
Marseille (France)
Paris (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; nd 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Trudy H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2452). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.