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Eva W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2697) interviewed by Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin and Eva Kantor,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2697

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    Videotape testimony of Eva W., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1937. She recalls her parents' comfortable, bohemian life; her father's residency at the Jewish hospital; moving into the hospital with the families of other staff members in October 1941; friendship with two girls (Eva and Rita); the Gestapo presence; monthly deportations; food shortages; her parents' strained marriage; remaining underground during the Battle of Berlin; spending a summer recuperating in Switzerland; her father's death in 1947 after delaying surgery, which she believes was a form of suicide; living in the hospital while her mother finished her residency; their emigration to the United States in 1954; becoming a therapist; and visiting Berlin in 1989 for the hospital's anniversary. Ms. W. reads from two postwar letters her father wrote to friends which document deportations; hospital associates; postwar food shortages; and the fate of colleagues, friends, and family. She notes her continued friendship with Eva and Rita and her belief that her family survived largely because of luck, as well as her father bribing a Gestapo officer and his friendship with the Gestapo chief's mistress. She shows photographs.
    W., Eva, 1937-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
    Interview Date
    November 7, 1993.
    Berlin (Germany)
    Cite As
    Eva W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2697). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Tobin, Phyllis O. Ziman, interviewer.
    Kantor, Eva, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 40 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Postwar experiences.

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