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Bella U. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1296) interviewed by Jane Eger and Sandra Rosenstock,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1296

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    Videotape testimony of Bella U., who was born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1928. She recalls her comfortable childhood prior to 1934; her mother identifying herself as a Christian to protect their house during Kristallnacht (she had converted to Judaism); her father obtaining passage to Cuba after his brief arrest in May 1939; their departure on the St. Louis from Hamburg; refusal by the Cuban government to allow debarkation of any passengers; sailing between Cuba and Florida while efforts were made to find refuge; returning to Europe; living in Cherbourg, then Poitiers and Loudun; her father's internment as an "enemy alien"; his release after German invasion; arrest with her family in 1942; release with her mother and sister after her mother declared herself a Christian (they never saw her father again); arrest with her mother and sister in 1944; and release from Drancy with assistance from a German official. Mrs. U. describes living in Paris and Loudun; liberation; their emigration to the United States in 1947; her mother's death in 1949; and her marriage in 1950. She discusses her reluctance to share these memories with her children; visits to Europe; and attending the St. Louis reunion. She shows photographs.
    U., Bella, 1928-
    New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
    Interview Date
    November 11, 1989.
    Nuremberg (Germany)
    Cherbourg (France)
    Poitiers (France)
    Loudun (France)
    Paris (France)
    Cite As
    Bella U. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1296). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Eger, Jane, interviewer.
    Rosenstock, Sandra, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (53 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

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