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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3118

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    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.
    W., Steffi, 1926-
    Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
    Interview Date
    June 22, 1995.
    United States
    Hamburg (Germany)
    Montevideo (Uruguay)
    Houston (Tex.)
    Cite As
    Steffi W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3118). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Preisler, Maximilian, interviewer.
    Lezzi, Eva, interviewer.
    This testimony is in German.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (3 hr., 25 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Postwar experiences.

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