Evelyn R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2644) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Gabriel Gorenstein
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
- Interview Date
- May 18, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Evelyn R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2644). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Evelyn R., who was born in Breslau, Germany in 1930. She recounts her maternal family's distinguished rabbinical ancestry; her father's service in World War I; her mother's successful business; her father's reluctance to leave Germany after Hitler's election in 1933, believing his status as a veteran protected them; loss of the business and expulsion from school following the Nuremberg laws; attending a Jewish school; selling family valuables; destruction during Kristallnacht; her father's incarceration in Buchenwald; her mother purchasing tickets to Shanghai; her father's release in December; the ship journey to Shanghai in February 1939; her grandmother's arrival a year later; attending a Jewish school; her father's illness; his death in March 1941; ghettoization in Hongkew in May 1943; her grandmother's death; harsh conditions; assistance from the Joint; liberation by United States troops in 1945; emigration to the United States in 1947 with assistance from the Joint; and receiving reparations from Germany. Ms. R. discusses public speaking about her experiences; her book, "Ghetto Shanghai"; and the deaths of about eighty relatives in the Holocaust. She shows photographs and documents.