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Hedy L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2931) interviewed by Edith Bayme and Kathy Strochlic

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2931

Videotape testimony of Hedy L., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1912. She recalls a happy childhood in an affluent, assimilated home; studying in Lausanne; her brother's service in the Austrian army; marriage in February 1937; the Anschluss in March 1938; obtaining documents to emigrate to the United States in two years; moving to Kraków in October 1938 to wait; German invasion; their flight to Lʹviv in the Soviet zone in November 1939; refusing Soviet citizenship; deportation to a forced labor camp in Siberia; harsh conditions; German invasion in June 1941; release; moving to Bukhoro; recuperating from typhus in February 1942; her husband's death in June; hospitalization in the Polish army hospital in Krasnovodsk (Turkmenbashy); accompanying Jewish children to Tehran in September; contacting her father in Switzerland; marriage to a Viennese widower; her son's birth in September 1943; learning her mother had perished after deportation and her brother in the French Foreign Legion; her husband's death; and emigrating from Khorramshahr to the United States with her son and stepdaughter in December 1946. Mrs. L. discusses visiting her father in Switzerland with her son; her third marriage; and the importance of sharing her story with her children and future generations.

Author/Creator
L., Hedy, 1912-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
March 15, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hedy L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2931). 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/4289303
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