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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2227

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.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Mary L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2227). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.