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Hannelore R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-362) interviewed by Chaya Roth

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-362

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.

Author/Creator
R., Hannelore, 1926-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1983
Interview Date
September 18, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
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.