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Margaret L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4468) interviewed by Dana L. Kline,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4468

Videotape testimony of Margaret L., who was born in Munich, Germany in 1922, an only child. She recounts her family's assimilated lifestyle; living across the street from Adolf Hitler and looking into his apartment with binoculars after his rise to power; anti-Jewish laws restricting her activities; attending high school despite the laws, since her father was a wounded World War I veteran; her parents' unsuccessful efforts to emigrate; her father's arrest on Kristallnacht; expulsion from school; learning her father was in Dachau; his return four weeks later; expulsion from their apartment; former non-Jewish neighbors writing from England offering to take her; leaving on a kindertransport on April 18, 1939; uncles meeting her at stops in Frankfurt and Rotterdam; living with the family friends in London; having to register as an “enemy alien” after the war began; her caregiver's incarceration on the Isle of Man as an enemy alien; frequent German bombings; joining her cousin in Birmingham; registering as an “enemy alien;” joining a Jewish youth group, where she met her future husband who had been on her kindertransport; working in a factory; returning to London after the war; learning her parents had been killed; joining an uncle's family in the United States; reconnecting with her husband-to-be; their marriage; and her son's birth. Ms. L. shows photographs.

L., Margaret, 1922-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2014
Interview Date
September 12, 2014.
Munich (Germany)
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Rotterdam (Netherlands)
London (England)
Birmingham (England)
3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Margaret L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4468). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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