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Greta M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2451) interviewed by Ada Bloom and David Conn

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2451

Videotape testimony of Greta M., who was born in Bocholt, Germany in 1924. She describes her family's strong sense of German identification; cordial relations with non-Jews; increasing anti-Jewish restrictions after 1936; being forced to sell the family business; the trauma of witnessing the violent destruction of a Jewish-owned store during Kristallnacht; expulsion from school in 1938; support from some German friends; being sent to Frankfurt for six weeks in 1939; her brother's departure for England; and her leaving, with her younger sister, on a children's transport in July (they never saw their parents again). Mrs. M. relates living with a Jewish family in Cambridge; her sister living with another family; completing high school in three years; cessation of letters from her parents at the end of 1940; graduating from Bedford College in 1945; marriage; and emigration with her husband to the United States in May 1946. She discusses her reluctance to talk to her children about her experiences; trips to Bocholt, one of them with her daughter in 1987; learning of people who helped her parents prior to their deportation; receiving family possessions from friends who had safeguarded them; and a school reunion in Bocholt in 1993.

Author/Creator
M., Greta, 1924-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1993
Interview Date
October 24, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Greta M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2451). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1096669
Record last modified: 2015-06-16 13:54:00
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