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Hilda S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-707)

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    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)
    Cite As
    Hilda S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-707). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 24 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Marriage in concentration camps.
    Husband Death.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Postwar effects.

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