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Helga G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3406) interviewed by Eva Bauer and Annette Leo

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3406

Videotape testimony of Helga G., who was born in Berlin in 1929 to a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother who had converted. She recalls futile efforts in the 1930s to emigrate due to anti-Jewish laws; her father fleeing to Italy; moving with her mother to Krosno Odrzańskie; attending school; joining her father; illegally entering France in 1938 following the introduction of Italian antisemitic laws; living in Nice; attending school and learning French; the outbreak of war; her father's French military conscription; incarceration with her mother in Gurs; Spanish POWs giving the Jewish children extra food and candy; their release; returning to Nice; benign Italian occupation; her father's return; hiding in a village in the Alps; staying briefly in a Red Cross children's home; German occupation in 1943; being sent to hide in a children's home in Annemasse, then in Megève; her mother joining her; liberation; returning to Nice; learning her father had been deported (she never saw him again); emigrating to join her father's relatives in Toronto; returning to Berlin with her mother; and difficulty re-obtaining her German citizenship. Ms. G. discusses her belief that her life would have been different had her father survived; feeling like a foreigner wherever she lives; her paternal family's hostility toward her and her mother; and antisemitism in Germany, even from her friends.

Author/Creator
G., Helga, 1929-
Published
Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
Interview Date
October 27, 1995.
Language
German
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helga G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3406). 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/4291616
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