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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4468

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    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)
    Cite As
    Margaret L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4468). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 53 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Noncitizens Evacuation and relocation.
    Enemy aliens.
    Postwar experiences.

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