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Berthold and Gertrude H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1436) interviewed by Samuel Kenner and Natalie Lederman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1436

Videotape testimony of Berthold and Gertrude H. Mr. H. was born in Vienna, Austria in 1904. He recalls his apprenticeship at age fourteen; earning a good living as a salesman; antisemitic attacks; many Jews committing suicide; confiscation of their apartment; arrest on Kristallnacht; abusive treatment until his release; emigration to the United States in February 1939; and psychiatric treatment to deal with his traumatic memories. Mrs. H. was born in Vienna in 1909. She recalls her father's death as a soldier in World War I; marriage in 1937; changes after Hitler took over Austria; being shunned by non-Jewish friends; efforts of her mother and sisters to emigrate; her mother, mother-in-law, and older sister's deportation while she was visiting another sister in France (she never saw them again); and emigration to the United States in August 1939. Mrs. H. reflects on her guilt over being the only member of her family to survive. Mr. and Mrs. H. note family members who survived and perished and show documents and letters.

Author/Creator
H., Berthold, 1904-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1989
Interview Date
March 13, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Berthold and Gertrude H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1436). 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/1097604
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:12:00
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