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Selma N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1940) interviewed by Rebecca Fink and Paula Winters

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1940

Videotape testimony of Selma N., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1926, an only child. She recalls her family's emphasis on education and music; anti-Jewish restrictions after the Anschluss; her father's belief he would be safe due to his service in the First World War; having to attend a Jewish school; being warned of Kristallnacht by their non-Jewish building superintendent; her parent's decision to send her on a kindertransport; leaving for Sweden assuming she would see her parents soon; living with a family in Linköping, then in an orphanage in Göteborg; warm relations with the other children; receiving mail from her parents from Theresienstadt; attending nursing school; meeting concentration camp survivors when they arrived in Sweden; learning her parents and most other relatives did not survive; emigrating to the United States to marry an American soldier; and the births of two daughters. Mrs. N. discusses a postwar trip to Vienna (she had not wanted to go) and her resolve not to return; not wanting to burden her daughters with her experiences; recently sharing her story with them and their anger that she had not done so earlier; continuing contacts with a few women from the orphanage; and regrets over not maintaining contact with others.

Author/Creator
N., Selma, 1926-
Published
Tucson, Ariz. : Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, 1990
Interview Date
November 16, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Selma N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1940). 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/4285231
Record last modified: 2015-06-16 14:03:00
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