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Anna W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2804) interviewed by Gabrielle Tyrnauer,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2804

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    Videotape testimony of Anna W., a Romani, who was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, one of five children. She recounts her father's work in a traveling theater; her family's move to Leipzig; expulsion from school in 1937 or 1938 due to laws against Romanies; forced labor at about age thirteen; deportation with her family to Auschwitz in 1942; the humiliation of having to undress in front of many people of both genders; transfer to Birkenau; transfer two years later to Ravensbrück; surgical sterilization; transfer to Schlieben; forced labor in a munitions factory; transfer to Oldenburg, then Bergen-Belsen; unimaginably horrid conditions; her aunt's death; liberation by British troops; Germans being forced to bury corpses and view the camp; hospitalization for eight months; living in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp, then in Celle; and marriage to another survivor. Mrs. W. discusses love of children in the Romani culture and the trauma of her sterilization at age fifteen; contacts with Jews in the camps; loss of her entire family; her husband's inability to "get over" Auschwitz; his twice yearly trips there prior to his death; and his lobbying for Romani rights and monuments.
    W., Anna.
    Austria : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
    Interview Date
    July 18, 1991.
    Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Leipzig (Germany)
    Celle (Germany)
    Cite As
    Anna W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2804). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Tyrnauer, Gabrielle, interviewer.
    This testimony is in German.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 15 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.

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