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Lisa F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1669) interviewed by Elizabeth Jacob and Raya C. Schapiro

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1669

Videotape testimony of Lisa F., who was born in Ungvar, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Uz︠h︡horod, Ukraine) in 1909. She recalls living in Vienna and Budapest; the family's move to Berlin in 1922; her parents encouraging her political interests; participating in socialist groups; the Nazi ascent to power; crossing a Nazi picket line during the anti-Jewish boycott in April 1933; her parents' emigration to Prague; remaining in Berlin to continue her political activities; producing and distributing anti-Nazi leaflets; joining her family to live in Prague from 1933 to 1935; marriage to a non-Jewish, anti-Nazi activist; smuggling literature and people from Germany to Basel and Holland; emigration to Paris in 1938 with her family; the outbreak of war; brief internment of her brother and husband as enemy aliens; German invasion; incarceration in Gurs as an enemy alien; her release; reunion with her husband and brother; obtaining foreign visas in Marseille; smuggling Walter Benjamin to Spain through the Pyrenees; regularly smuggling people, with her husband, to Spain under the auspices of an American organization; and their emigration to Cuba with assistance from that organization. Mrs. F. focuses on the anti-Nazi elements of her experiences.

Author/Creator
F., Lisa, 1909-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1990
Interview Date
November 18, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lisa F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1669). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4284027
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