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Golda L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3396) interviewed by Dori Laub and Siegland Schröder,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3396

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Golda L., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1935. She recounts her grandparents were orthodox, but her parents being atheists; not understanding she was a Jew; her father taking her to Frankfurt in 1939; travelling to Freiburg, then Paris where she lived with her aunt and her aunt's boyfriend (they married later); terrible loneliness and longing for her parents; fleeing south with her aunt and her boyfriend; two weeks in Gurs; living on a farm in Montauban; attending school; hiding in a convent one night, then entering Switzerland illegally in 1943 with the help of a Jewish underground organization; living in a vicarage in Winterthur; attending school; mistreatment by her foster family; learning her mother had died and her father was in a concentration camp; her father locating her through the Red Cross and retrieving her in 1947; his remarriage in 1950; living on her own from 1955; and the birth of a half-sibling. Ms. L. discusses always being afraid as a child and many adult fears resulting from this; her father's silence about the war years; hearing about Auschwitz from him at her urging years later; in 1980, visiting the uncle (her aunt's boyfriend) in Berlin with whom she lived in France and going to her mother's grave with him; her father's death by drowning in Israel in 1981; visiting Poland in 1988 to meet two men who were in a camp with her father (one had a photo of her that had sustained her father during the war); and visiting Auschwitz and the farmer who hid her in Montauban. She shows photographs.
    Author/Creator
    L., Golda, 1935-
    Published
    Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
    Interview Date
    September 18, 1995.
    Locale
    Germany
    Berlin (Germany)
    Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany)
    Paris (France)
    Montauban (Tarn-et-Garonne, France)
    Winterthur (Switzerland)
    Cite As
    Golda L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3396). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Schröder, Siegland, interviewer.
    Laub, Dori, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in German.

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Copies
    2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (3 hr., 47 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

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

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4291587
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:25:00
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