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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2697

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.

Author/Creator
W., Eva, 1937-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
November 7, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eva W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2697). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4288656
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 19:11:00
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