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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3406

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    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.
    G., Helga, 1929-
    Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
    Interview Date
    October 27, 1995.
    Berlin (Germany)
    Nice (France)
    Krosno Odrzańskie (Poland)
    Annemasse (France)
    Megève (France)
    Toronto (Ont.)
    Cite As
    Helga G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3406). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Bauer, Eva, interviewer.
    Leo, Annette, 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 (2 hr., 20 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

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

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