Hildegard B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3117) interviewed by Cathy S. Gelbin and Vera Stutz-Bischitzky
- Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
- Interview Date
- June 20, 1995
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Hildegard B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3117). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Hildegard B., who was born in Liberec, Czechoslovakia in 1926 to a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother. She recalls her older brother and sister studying law in Prague; anti-Jewish restrictions after 1938; expulsion from school; her brother's emigration to the United States; her sister's marriage to a Czech military pilot; moving to Prague; expulsion from their home in March 1939; her father's escape to Yugoslavia, then Palestine; her mother's interrogations by the SS; living in her maternal grandparents' attic in Jablonec; hiding with paternal relatives in Liberec; receiving a summons for deportation; her father's former student assisting her become "stateless," an improved status; forced factory labor as a day worker; liberation by Soviet troops; reunion with her brother (he was in the United States military); hearing from her father, then learning he died; a futile attempt to emigrate to Israel; moving to Chemnitz, then Berlin; and working while completing her education. Ms. B. discusses poor health due to her war experiences; the trauma of her father's death; conversion to Judaism with her mother; and sharing her experiences with her son.