Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research

Login

Register

Help

Skip to main content

Elsa K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1313) interviewed by Ceceil Ehrich and Fred Ehrich

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1313

Videotape testimony of Elsa K., who was born in Stettin, Germany (presently Szczecin, Poland) in 1906, one of four children. She recalls moving to Insterburg (presently Cherni︠a︡khovsk); fleeing to Stettin during the first World War; her father's and other relatives' military service; returning to Insterburg a year later; active participation in a Zionist group; working in her parents' shoe store; marriage in 1929; the births of three children; her father's death in 1934; her siblings emigrating to the United States and Brazil; antisemitic harassment and boycotts; forced sale of the shoe store in 1937; impoverishment resulting from anti-Jewish measures; some non-Jews helping them, others turning on them; her sister aiding her mother's and husband's emigration to the United States in May 1938; moving to Schönebeck; being attacked on Kristallnacht; fleeing to Berlin; emigration with her children to join her husband in March 1939; and futile efforts to assist relatives still in Germany. Mrs. K. notes her early disbelief that Germans would harm them and her children's traumatic memories. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
K., Elsa, 1906-
Published
Wilmington, Del. : Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Center, 1989
Interview Date
May 7, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Elsa K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1313). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Expand all
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4283712
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:36:00
This page: https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/hvt4283712