Miriam K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3392) interviewed by Eva Lezzi and Karen Remmler
- Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
- Interview Date
- June 13, 1995.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Miriam K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3392). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Miriam K., who was born in ʻEin Ḥarod, Palestine in 1928. She recounts her parents had emigrated from Germany in 1922; their return to Berlin in 1930; living with relatives; her parents joining the Communist Party; feeling isolated in school after 1933 because she was Jewish; staying home for weeks after Kristallnacht; attending a Jewish school where she made friends; emigration to England in May 1939; living in Cornwall where her parents worked as domestics; wonderful treatment by their employers; forced relocation to London after war broke out because they were German; her father's detention as an "enemy alien" on the Isle of Man; moving to central England with her mother; her father's return a year later; attending university in Sheffield; her parents' return to East Berlin in 1947; and hers in 1949. Ms. K. discusses learning her grandmother had survived in Theresienstadt, relatives had perished in camps, and some had emigrated to Palestine; joining the Communist Party; visits to England and Israel; mixed feelings regarding the failure of socialism in East Germany; not sharing her story with her children who are not interested in politics; and surprise that her grandson identified himself as a Jew.