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Kathi K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2226) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2226

Videotape testimony of Kathi K., who was born in Tübingen, Germany in 1932 to a Jewish mother and a Christian father. She recounts living in Hockenheim; her maternal grandparents' wealth; moving to Cologne; visiting her grandparents; her mother being hit while protecting her grandfather from the SS; her grandparents' deaths; emigration to Aerdenhout, Netherlands; German invasion; her mother's failing health; frequent fear; forced relocation to Amsterdam because her mother was Jewish; hiding during round-ups; receiving her first communion; her father using his German passport to prevent authorities from searching their apartment; hiring a woman to care for her mother (she later learned she was a German Jew); sharing food with another family; liberation by Canadian troops; public punishment of collaborators; attending Quaker school in Ommen; emigrating to the United States; her father's difficulty finding work; her own pervasive fears; marriage; her daughter's birth; sharing her experiences with her daughter; attending the Hidden Child Conference with her; and meeting a Canadian veteran who had liberated Amsterdam. Mrs. K. discusses years of psychological problems resulting from her war experiences; never really feeling Christian or American; and her father's depression after emigrating to the United States.

Author/Creator
K., Kathi, 1932-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
November 11, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Kathi K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2226). 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/4286675
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:37:00
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