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Steffi W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3118) interviewed by Eva Lezzi and Maximilian Preisler

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3118

Videotape testimony of Steffi W., who was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1926, the younger of two children. She recalls her family's assimilated lifestyle; being impressed by Rabbi Joseph Carlebach when attending synagogue; attending public school; transfer to a Jewish school when Mein Kampf was read in class; increasing anti-Jewish restrictions; her father and brother emigrating to Uruguay in October 1938; observing evidence of Kristallnacht the next day; emigrating with her mother to Montevideo in December 1939; socializing with the German immigrants; learning the fates of relatives after the war, most of whom had emigrated or were killed; meeting her future husband, a German immigrant; marriage in Houston, Texas in 1948; deportation to Hamburg in 1951 due to their affiliation with the Communist Party; and antisemitic incidents. Ms. W. discusses not identifying as a Jew, but as a human being; her brother's emigration to Israel; and her focus on her grandchildren. She shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
W., Steffi, 1926-
Published
Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
Interview Date
June 22, 1995.
Language
German
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Steffi W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3118). 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/4290673
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