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Hilda S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-707)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-707

Videotape testimony of Hilda S., who was born in Bochum, Germany in 1923. She recalls expulsion from public school in 1933; attending Jewish school; assistance from a German neighbor on Kristallnacht; her father's arrest; fleeing to Bergen aan Zee in December 1938; living in a Jewish orphanage in Amsterdam; returning to emigrate with her parents from Hamburg on the St. Louis; being denied entry to Cuba; returning to Holland in June 1939; living with her parents in a refugee camp in Heijplaat; attending school in Amsterdam; transfer with her parents to Westerbork; evacuation to the countryside in 1940; German invasion; their return to Westerbork; avoiding deportation in 1942 due to her father's privileged position; deportation with her parents and fiance to Terezín in January 1944; her marriage by a rabbi; her father's and husband's deportation (she never saw them again); forced labor; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Amsterdam via Nuremberg; and emigration to the United States. She discusses dreaming of freedom and food in Terezín; the importance to her own survival of being with and helping her mother; continuing nightmares and fears; and the influence of her experiences on raising her children.

S., Hilda, 1923-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1986
Interview Date
April 6, 1986.
Bochum (Germany)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Bergen aan Zee (Netherlands)
Hamburg (Germany)
Nuremberg (Germany)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hilda S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-707). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.