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Lea W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1961) interviewed by Ronnie Morgan and Lidya Osadchey

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1961

Videotape testimony of Lea W., who was born in Mannheim, Germany in 1932. She recalls her warm and observant family; arrest of her father and grandfather on Kristallnacht; their release from Dachau a few months later; her grandfather's emigration to the United States; attending Jewish school in Heidelberg; hiding with her sister in a Catholic kindergarten in Ladenburg; deportation with her family to Gurs in 1940; being removed with her sister from the camp (they never saw their parents again); living in an OSE orphanage; learning her parents had been deported; placement with her sister with a French family, posing as non-Jews; changing their names; attending church; their transfer to another place in 1944; her illness; liberation by United States troops; their emigration to the United States in September 1946 to join their grandfather; his death; other family members refusing to care for them; and placement in an orphanage. Mrs. W. discusses her mother's courage in giving them away to save them; her sense of responsibility as the older sister; the importance of frequent trips to Germany in her reconciliation with the past; and continuing contacts with her French rescuers. She shows documents and photographs.

Author/Creator
W., Lea, 1932-
Published
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1991
Interview Date
January 18, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lea W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1961). 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/4285402
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:37:00
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