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Hildegard B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3117) interviewed by Cathy S. Gelbin and Vera Stutz-Bischitzky,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3117

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    Overview

    Summary
    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.
    Author/Creator
    B., Hildegard, 1926-
    Published
    Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
    Interview Date
    June 20, 1995.
    Locale
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Czechoslovakia
    Liberec (Czech Republic)
    Jablonec nad Nisou (Czech Republic)
    Chemnitz (Germany)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Cite As
    Hildegard B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3117). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Gelbin, Cathy S., interviewer.
    Stutz-Bischitzky, Vera, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in German.

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Copies
    2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 10 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Hiding.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4290671
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:28:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt4290671

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