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Dorothea A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2599) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2599

Videotape testimony of Dorothea A., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1921. She recounts her parents had emigrated from Poland; her father's service for Austria in World War I; two significantly older brothers; her father's forced return to Poland for much of her childhood, due to citizenship issues; studying piano privately, then in conservatory; the Anschluss; expulsion from conservatory due to anti-Jewish laws; confiscation of the family business; one brother's flight to England; her father's hospitalization and death in October 1938; protection by the building superintendent on Kristallnacht; obtaining a British visa with assistance from her brother; falsifying her age to accompany a children's transport in April 1939; living with her brother in London; futile efforts to bring her mother and other brother (they did not survive); joining her future husband in Lancaster; marriage; her husband's internment on the Isle of Man as an "enemy alien"; corresponding with her mother through relatives in the United States until 1941; her daughter's birth in 1943; emigration to the United States in 1949; and her career as a music professor. Mrs. A. discusses pervasive painful memories. She shows photographs and documents.

A., Dorothea, 1921-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
March 29, 1993.
Vienna (Austria)
London (England)
Lancaster (England)
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Dorothea A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2599). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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