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Mary L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2227) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2227

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Mary L., who was born in Zagreb, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (now Croatia) in 1910. She recalls the beginning of World War I; her father's military service; living in Vienna from 1916 to 1918; the family's move to Berlin in 1926; working for an insurance company; Hitler's ascent to power; losing her job due to anti-Jewish laws; the anti-Jewish boycott in April 1933; returning to Zagreb; studying English in Britain in 1935; marriage to a Catholic; German invasion in April 1941; moving to the United States Consulate where her husband worked; anti-Jewish measures; denunciation by a worker; evading arrest due to her husband's connections; obtaining a passport which identified her as Catholic; her husband bribing a police officer to conceal his Serbian nationality; obtaining safe passes from the Gestapo; traveling alone to Frankfurt (her husband accompanied the United States Consul), then Bern; driving with her husband and the Consul to Lisbon via France and Spain; boarding a United States ship; and arriving in New York in August 1941. Mrs. L. discusses her father's internment in Italy; his forging documents; his suicide when faced with deportation; and her mother's emigration to the United States after the war.
    Author/Creator
    L., Mary, 1910-2001.
    Published
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
    Interview Date
    October 21, 1992.
    Locale
    Zagreb (Croatia)
    Austria
    Vienna (Austria)
    Berlin (Germany)
    England
    Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Bern (Switzerland)
    Lisbon (Portugal)
    Cite As
    Mary L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2227). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Blinderman, Joni-Sue, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (3 hr., 18 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    False papers.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Aid by non-Jews.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4286677
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:28:00
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