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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1296

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.

Author/Creator
U., Bella, 1928-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
November 11, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Bella U. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1296). 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/1110341
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:13:00
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