Hannelore R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-362) interviewed by Chaya Roth
- Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1983
- Interview Date
- September 18, 1983.
- 5 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Hannelore R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-362). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Hannelore R., who was born in Germany in 1926, the younger of two children. She recounts her father's service in World War I (he lost a leg); expulsion from school; her father's confidence his veteran's status would protect them; hiding in a non-Jewish neighbor's apartment during Kristallnacht; the destruction of their business; deportation with her parents, grandfather, and brother to Gurs in 1940; minimal rations; her mother giving her her bread; her grandfather's death; transfer to Rivesaltes six months later; two months later receiving notice to go to a French orphanage in Moissac as part of a children's group being sent to the United States; sending her parents food; travelling with the group to Marseille, Madrid, then an orphanage in New York; and friends of her parents taking her as a foster child. Ms. R. discusses the hope of being liberated in the camp, despite frequent deaths; the initial trauma of deaths becoming routine; learning her parents and brother did not survive; and returning to Germany twice, despite the painful memories, to “walk the streets” she had walked with her parents.