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Mary L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1858) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin and Gabriele Schiff,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1858

Videotape testimony of Mary L., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1928. She recalls her large, extended family; their orthodoxy; attending a Jewish school; one sister's emigration to Palestine; observing the destruction after Kristallnacht; being sent with her older sister to the Netherlands (her parents planned to join them); placement in a children's home; her sister leaving since she was too old; transfer to a refugee home in Rotterdam, where her sister lived; placement with a foster family in Haarlem; German invasion; anti-Jewish laws; transfer to a Jewish home for girls in Amsterdam; her sister's deportation; being smuggled to Belgium according to her parent's instructions; hiding with them in Brussels; obtaining false papers from the underground; her mother's arrest and release by a German soldier she bribed; hiding in an attic with her parents; liberation by Allied troops; a futile search for her sister; learning diamond cutting in Antwerp; marriage; emigration to Palestine in 1946; her parents joining her in 1949; her daughter's birth; and their emigration to the United States in 1957. Ms. L. discusses her close relationship with her sister and the continuing pain of her loss. She shows photographs, documents, and memorabilia.

L., Mary, 1928-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
April 21, 1991.
Berlin (Germany)
Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Haarlem (Netherlands)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Brussels (Belgium)
Antwerp (Belgium)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Mary L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1858). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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