Steffi W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3118) interviewed by Eva Lezzi and Maximilian Preisler
- Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
- Interview Date
- June 22, 1995.
- 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.
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.